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When do I know when sibling fighting has gotten out of control?

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It's normal for siblings to fight from time to time. But when fighting gets to the point that one child is becoming emotionally or physically victimized, it needs to stop. Repeated hitting, biting, or "torturing" behaviors (for example, incessant tickling, teasing, or belittling) are forms of sibling abuse and justification for you to step in. If you can't stop the violence yourself, talk to your child's pediatrician or a mental health provider to get immediate help.

From: Sibling Rivalry WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

KidsHealth: "Sibling Rivalry."

Lerner, R. , John Wiley & Sons, 2004. Handbook of Adolescent Psychology

University of Florida, IFAS Extension: "Sibling Rivalry."

Ohio State University Extension: "Understanding Sibling Rivalry."

Iowa State University: "Understanding Children: Sibling Rivalry."

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on February 13, 2018

SOURCES:

KidsHealth: "Sibling Rivalry."

Lerner, R. , John Wiley & Sons, 2004. Handbook of Adolescent Psychology

University of Florida, IFAS Extension: "Sibling Rivalry."

Ohio State University Extension: "Understanding Sibling Rivalry."

Iowa State University: "Understanding Children: Sibling Rivalry."

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on February 13, 2018

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