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A Sibling Fight Survival Guide

Sibling Rivalry Survival Guide

Credit: Giulia Sagramola

Disagreements among brothers and sisters aren’t just inevitable – they’re educational.

Angry footsteps upstairs. Screams. “I hate you!” Slam. Fists, on a bedroom door. Then, inevitably, the unified shriek: “MOOOOMMM!”

That was the soundtrack of the year when my daughters were 11 and 12, shared a bedroom, and fought like caged tigers.

As a parent, I was at a loss. It seemed like every meal or car ride ended in misery, and I was convinced that our family life was ruined. I thought they would be at each other’s throats forever, and there didn’t seem to be anything I could do about it.

I could go on—and I do, in this excerpt from How to Be a Happier Parent in Sunday’s New York Times. Click here to read the rest.


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