In the smh.com.au website today an article titled Squabbling siblings learn a valuable lesson suggests that letting your children argue actually teaches your children conflict resolution and strengthens their relationship.
Three years ago I wrote a post on my other blog titled Would You Punch a Sibling?
My inspiration for that post was my brother and sister who fought incessantly, both verbally and physically. Their particular course of conflict resolution was to stop interacting.
As the article suggests, I think the problem with my brother and sister was that they simply were not shown how to resolve conflict.
But the article goes onto to say
parents under stress often separated children quickly because they did not want them to say unpleasant things to each other.
Not so with my brother and sister, my mother simply asked them to move out of the way; she was trying to watch tv. Something tells me she had given up trying to sort them out.
So my question in my original post was, would you, did you punch a sibling? And what if you are an only child? Who do only children fight with?