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Sibling rivalry will always occur in a household of more than one child whether through comparison fighting jealousy or by other means Parents and children both contribute to the rivalry It will occur on a daily weekly and even an hourly basis Sibling rivalry may become difficult and annoying to parents but they must deal with it day after day In definition sibling rivalry is when one sibling or more compete with one another or try to emulate each other Rivalry is different from fighting It appears when children compete for their parents love and attention Faull 88 Sibling relationships can be a key to rivalry An intense relationship includes love and hate play and fight and the teasing and mocking of each other There are some questions on why certain siblings get along harmoniously and affectionately while there are others that constantly fight Dunn front flap Siblings usually have a very harsh relationship when they are young As they mature they become better friends and start getting into fewer and fewer fights Brothers and sisters sometimes work together to get through jams Siblings occasionally team up to trick or get back at a parent in revenge Faber and Mazlish 27-28 Aggression is very frequent in sibling relationships In one study 29 of behavior observed between siblings was hostile Dunn 22 It is usually the older child being aggressive to the younger one but the younger child may become increasingly aggressive as heshe grows In one Canadian study a family where the mother is very friendly to the second born at the eight month stage the two children were very opposed to each other six months later Dunn 98 There are many siblings that take their aggression to the extremes and others who travel through phases of rivalry then end in a close loving relationship Sibling Aggression Plus not all rivalry is negative Birth order greatly affects the relationships between siblings Frank J Sulloway writer
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