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Sibling Rivalry: A List of Rules for Kids


When it comes to helping our children get along with each other, it helps to have rules.  Here are some basic rules for kids to get you started.  You can also use our printable Sibling Rules to keep the peace in your home.

Your brothers and sisters are your family for life.

In our family, we are kind and respectful toward each other. 

Our home is a haven where we can all feel safe and valued. 

When we are unkind, we apologize and ask for forgiveness. 

WORDS

Words are powerful. 

We use kind words liberally. 

When we are upset, we choose our words carefully. 

There is no name-calling or screaming in anger. 

We remember that words like "always" and "never" apply in very few circumstances.

ACTIONS

Our actions should reflect our love for each other. 

When a family member asks for help, we respond with kindness.  We look for opportunities to help without even being asked. 

Physical contact is used to show love. 

We never hit, push, pinch or use our body to respond to someone who has hurt or annoyed us. 

We do not become physical when we are angry. 

And, just in case the above rules are unclear…

  1. No hitting, pinching, pushing or biting
  2. No name-calling, tattling or lying
  3. Respect one another's space and property
  4. Include your sibling in activities
  5. Share
  6. Love one another
  7. Encourage one another
  8. Remember, we are a family

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