Sibling Rivalry: Cause-Effect

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Sibling Rivalry: Cause-Effect

Siblings generally spend more time together during childhood than they do with parents. The sibling bond is often complicated and is influenced by factors such as birth order, personality, and special parental treatment. Siblings may be of the same gender or opposite, they may be around the same age or ages apart, sibling rivalry among them is a commonplace; only the intensity may differ. Rivalry is different from fighting. It appears when children compete for their parents’ love and attention.
When a new baby is taken into a home where an older child lives, the older sibling may become jealous of the new baby and the changes that are taking place. The time and attention of parents that was previously devoted to the older sibling is now halved and the older sibling may feel he or she needs to get that attention back. From these feeling, sibling rivalry is rooted. Depending on the severity and longevity of the rivalry between siblings, sibling rivalry could have long term psychological effects. Each child is born into a different family, even children with the same parents. The first child has a monopoly on the parents' love for some time. The second child is always confronted with someone who is older and ahead. The youngest will always be the baby. Each position is totally different and influences that child's behavior. Each child must find his own special place of significance in the family. They must compete for their parents' love and attention. Insecurity can result when a child has not felt loved and valued unconditionally. Most sibling rivalry is an attempt to boost the child's position in the family.

Arguments and fights start generally because of differences, including mood, disposition, and adaptability; however, their unique personalities play a large role in how well they get along. For example, if one child is…...

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