What kids can learn from sibling squabbling
But it would help a whole lot if we looked at each fight as a teachable moment and an opportunity for character building. We need to have the goal of making each fight a lesson in self-control and charity. I know that can be really, really hard. Yet I'm convinced this is the only long-term solution.
Finally, teach your children how to apologize and forgive. If an offense is really egregious, make your child write a letter of apology, where he includes a list of positive traits about the offended sibling, states how he will make it up, and asks for forgiveness. All apologies should end with, "Do you forgive me?" This makes for a more sincere, humble apology. Then, remind the child who was offended that even if he still feels angry, he can choose to forgive. One admirable trait that most children have is that they easily forgive, so don't let them get into the habit of holding grudges. Encourage your kids to say the words, "I forgive you" and offer a hug or handshake.
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