Households and families across the world all share a common problem. Sibling rivalry has frustrated mothers, fathers, and neighbors throughout the ages. There is no quick solution for this problem and many families have begun to fear that their children will go on trying to kill each other forever. Fortunately, there are answers to the question of how to “combat” sibling rivalry. Unfortunately, without proper research those answers will always be beyond reach.
A family who is serious about finding a solution to sibling rivalry must map out a thorough research strategy. They must also be prepared for mass amounts of additional frustration. Although success may come much too slowly for everyone’s liking, it is definitely within reach if a family shows determination and perseverance.Gathering Information
The first step in solving the problem of sibling rivalry is to research possible solutions. Reading articles online from parenting experts, other parents, and victims is a great way to get insight into what is behind all of the animosity. Advice forums are also a great place to discuss your problem and get tips from other parents who are in the same situation.
First person accounts from parents who have suffered or from siblings who called a truce will provide a wealth of information on this subject. Remember, a solution that worked for one family might not work for another, but it is always good to get as much information as possible on your chosen subject before the process of elimination begins.
Information on any subject can be gathered by using the local library, talking to friends and family, and the now most common source- the Internet. The Internet has the ability to connect a family in the throes of sibling rivalry to article directories and parenting websites with just the click of the mouse. Search engines are also a great tool when researching a subject or problem because they can point an individual towards resources they would have never considered in the first place.Evaluating Information
Once a family has gathered enough information they must then evaluate everything that they have collected. Articles must be checked for validity and situation similarity. Another thing to keep in mind when reading an article is to check the creation date. If the article is severely outdated, the family may want to move on to another source. When considering the subject of sibling rivalry, an article’s creation date is typically irrelevant.
In today’s high technological society, products are now offered that claim to reduce the amount of sibling rivalry a family must deal with. If considering the purchase of such products, make sure to read product reviews, consumer comments, and product testimonials.Using Information
Once a family is satisfied with all of the information that has been gathered and all of the information has been evaluated the family must then put the information to use. In the case of sibling rivalry, trying out different methods that have been researched and using a process of elimination method is usually a good idea. The information gathered may have to be modified to fit the individual situation that the family is in.
If the family has evaluated a product that claims to solve their problem, the product should be purchased and implemented immediately. Sibling rivalry is a horrible situation for any mother and should be solved as soon as possible.
If none of the methods found or products purchased shows any promise, further in-depth research of the problem should be considered and previous attempts should be analyzed in order to ascertain in which direction this research should be taken.Conclusion
Every family is different. Methods that were extremely successful for Family A could be the cause of a nervous breakdown in Family B. When researching a problem always take into consideration if possible solutions are available or accessible. The worst thing a mother can hear when battling sibling rivalry is that her children will just have to grow out of it. This will often result in her nearly fainting after doing the math of how long this could possible take.
With proper research this problem can be resolved. Mapping out a research strategy and becoming an effective researcher is a family’s first line of defense against sibling rivalry. The only other option for a family dealing with sibling rivalry is to hand each of the offenders a stick and to declare, “Loser does the dishes.”