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The Never Ending Sibling Rivalry

June 05, 2018

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Today on Dear Dish-It’s, “Let’s Talk About it Tuesday” we will be addressing questions and concerns regarding a variety of issues that come up for kids. This week we will cover sibling rivalry. Answering question by those who are having trouble with a sibling. It’s never easy to get along with everyone, but you have to try. Your family is very important and you should work ill matters out with them. Find more useful ways to get what you want. You can use tools like wise mind to help you get to the right place.

Let’s Take a Look at This Week’s Questions:

Family should always come first.Family should always come first.

Question by sad sister

Question: Dear Dish- It, My brother is seriously annoying! My parents always take his side and he gets me into trouble when I've done nothing. He does lots of irritating things but my parents say I should ignore him and say that I'm the older one. Easy for them to say!

Insight/Advice:

I’m really sorry you don’t get along with your brother. Have you tried or at least tried talking to him about what bugs you. Maybe you can work something If you can’t, I suggest ignoring him as best as you can. Don’t let him get to you it’s probably what he wants.

Sometimes communication can be tough.Sometimes communication can be tough.

Question by bigsis

Question: How do you get your little sisters to stop bugging you so much?

Insight/Advice:

Have your tried talking to her? Maybe tell her the things she does that bother you? Otherwise you could try talking to your parents.

Sometimes we just don't see eye to eye.Sometimes we just don't see eye to eye.

Question by Annoyed

Question: My sister is very annoying. Give me some tips on how to ignore her.

Insight/Advice:

I’d rather give you some tips on how to get along, as it’s not my position to promote hate. Try to find some things like you like about your sister. Give her a chance. Wouldn’t you rather get along then be fighting all the time? You shouldn’t be looking for ways to ignore her, you should be looking for ways to get to know her better. Who knows you might just have something in common.

When your really mad at your sibbling.When your really mad at your sibbling.

Afterthoughts

It can be really tough getting along with our sibling, but it’s far better to try and get along with them. Your siblings are a big part of your life and growing up you will learn to love them.

Try to talk to your parents about the situation, maybe you need a family meeting? Maybe some ground rules need to be set. Communication is the answer. Granted siblings are always going to find, but with healthy communication you might be able to work it out without all the fighting.

It's better to be united then a part.It's better to be united then a part.

Helplines & Resources: 

  • TeenMentalHealth.org
  • KidsHealth - A safe, private place for kids & teens who need honest, accurate information and advice about health, emotions, and life.
  • Teen Line - A helpline for kids and teens to work through their personal issues and mental health as needed.  1-800-TLC-TEEN or 1-800-852-8336 (Toll-Free US & Canada).
  • Mind Infoline – Information on self-harm and a helpline to call in the UK at 0300 123 3393 or text 86463.
  • Kids Help Phone – Free, anonymous and bilingual helpline for young people in Canada, available 24/7 by phone, Live Chat, and the Always There chat app for any issue, including self-injury and suicide. Call 1-800-668-6868 or visit kidshelpphone.ca.
  • Kids Helpline – A helpline for kids and young adults in Australia to get help with issues including cutting and self-harm. Call 1800 55 1800. (Kids Helpline).

Interested in getting in touch with Dear Dish-It?

Simply email deardish@kidzworld.com with your concern, and we will address you on “Let’s Talk about it Tuesday” if your question is suitable for our topic of conversation. Regardless, keep your eyes peeled as Dear Dish-It it is covering a lot of issues, and you never know when your question or topic of concern will be featured in an article. Please let us know if you would like your handle to be listed as anonymous and list your age in your question if you would like as that can impact advice. To learn the Do's and Don'ts of Dear Dish-It, and to find out what kind of questions are appropriate, check out this article!

Have Your Say

Is there someone who keeps being a problem for you? How do you think you could make this relationship better? Comment below.