Friday Q&A: Dealing with Sibling Aggression

Here’s proof that it really does tickle your ears when someone talks about you.  Right about the time I mention my 5 month old, you can hear him crying in the monitor, waking from his nap just as I wrap up the video!

{This video can also be viewed on YouTube.}

A participant in the Parenting with Positive Guidance Ecourse wrote in asking about how to help her three year-old who is behaving aggressively (hitting, kicking, stepping on) towards his 8 month-old baby sister.  Here are some tips and resources on the topic.  What advice could you add?

Video Summary:

  • Observe to find the real cause.
  • Watch for needs for attention (from parents or from the baby) or power
  • Play alongside to model, give attention, intervene, and redirect.


When it Comes to Challenging Behaviors, Do You Take the Time to CARE? {NJC}

6 Peaceful Solutions for Hitting and Anger {Simple Kids}

Teaching Social Skills with Bubble Lessons {NJC}

The Sibling Relationship: Challenging But Powerful {Simple Kids}

When a Toddler Hits {Janet Lansbury Community Forum}



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4 Responses to Friday Q&A: Dealing with Sibling Aggression

  1. And while you’re on the subject…. my daughter gets so frustrated when I tell her she’s not allowed something, or not allowed to do something, that she wants to bite. She’s aware that if she bits she gets a paddle on the bottom, so she doesn’t bite, she just opens her mouth really wide and rubs her teeth on you… which I try not to laugh at. How do I help her display her frustrations in a less… physical way. I have no problem with her being frustrated, but I don’t want her acting out on it.

  2. Mel

    Thanks for the great ideas!

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