Sibling Rivalry In A Single-Parent Home

Being a single parent can be a challenge. As any parent knows, handling more than one child at a time can sometimes be a difficult task. This is no more true than it is for the single parent. In a household with two parents, when sibling rivalry occurs, it is often easiest to split the children up to help the tensions to ease. As a single parent, this is often not possible. Fortunately, there are things that parents in a single-parent home can do to minimize sibling rivalry.

The first thing that you ought to try to do as a single parent in a single-parent home to reduce sibling rivalry is to recognize the causes. It may be, for example, that one sibling is jealous of the other. It may be that they are getting into each others’ space, especially if they are of the same gender and are sharing a room. By listening to your children and understanding what the deeply rooted causes of sibling rivalry are, you are much more likely to be able to handle them, as a single parent.

Another important thing for the single parent to keep in mind is avoiding favoritism. While it is true that a parent may often get along better with one child over another, or share more interests with one child than with another, it is especially important in the single-parent home for the parent to not show favoritism. Discipline needs to be handled equally among your children. In addition, you need to make an effort to spend quality one-on-one time with each of your children, in an equal way, whenever it is possible.

Finally, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Just because you don’t have a spouse doesn’t mean that there are not people who will help you out. Whether it is your parents, a friend, or even a religious leader, tap those resources in your community to help not only with sibling rivalry, but with other concerns as well.