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Sorting out sibling squabbles

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If your kids constantly fight with each other, then don't despair. All that emotional energy isn't going to waste.   According to a recent study sibling fights teach kids important conflict resolution skills. In fact, parents who stop their children from arguing may well be depriving them of important learning opportunities.   Researcher Laurie Kramer from the University of Illinois in the US found that kids who learned how to argue with their siblings had more advanced emotional development.    Anecdotally, it seems that sibling fighting is one of the biggest impediments to parents enjoying family life. Many parents tell me that if their children stopped bickering their lives would improve dramatically.   Many parents also worry that their children who fight with each other will not get along as adults. The evidence doesn’t s...(sign-up as a member to continue reading this article)

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