Sibling Relationships

About this resource
Reviewed: 2017

IEL Resource(s)

Online Resource(s)

What Is Sibling Rivalry?
The Mott Children’s Hospital website includes the reasons for sibling rivalry as well as tips and resources that parents can use to teach siblings how to work through their conflicts.

New Baby Sibling
The Mott Children’s Hospital website discusses how to prepare an older child for the arrival of a new brother or sister.

Understanding Sibling Rivalry
This fact sheet provided by Ohio State University includes suggestions for parents on helping children learn to get along with brothers and sisters.

Preparing Your Child for a New Sibling
Adjusting to a new sibling can be made a little easier when parents consider the older child in the transition. This resource provided by KidsHealth discusses steps that parents can take to help prepare a child for the arrival of a newborn.

Sibling Rivalry
This article from KidsHealth includes reasons that children fight and ways to help promote peace.

Involving Siblings in Early Intervention
Siblings are an important part of a child’s family and Early Intervention (EI) is a family-centered program. This one-page tip sheet created by the Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse, available in English and Spanish, provides strategies that can help families include siblings in EI visits.

Siblings of Children with Chronic Illnesses or Disabilities
Siblings are essential members in a family and need support adjusting to a child’s disability or illness. This resource by the American Academy of Pediatrics highlights signs of a child’s difficulty and provides suggestions for parents to support a child’s feelings about their sibling’s condition.

Additional Resource(s)

I Used to be the Baby
Robin Ballard
GreenwillowBooks, 2002

Big Red Lollipop
Rukhsana Khan
Viking Books for Young Readers, 2010

Just Because
Rebecca Elliot
Lion Hudson, 2014