Jealousy Fighting and Squabbling

Video Series: Handling Fighting, Jealousy & Squabbles

These 4 short videos show parents in New Zealand explain how they deal with their kids squabbling, fighting and showing jealousy

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1. Dealing with squabbling siblings

Viewing time: 48s

What you will learn:

  • Na explains how she deals with her two sons
  • She finds they often fight or tease each other, especially when they are bored
  • Sometimes she finds it helpful to try and distract them with other activities
  • Sometimes cuddles, walks and breathing helps too

2. Ease fighting over tech

Viewing time: 48 seconds

What you will learn:

It can be helpful to introduce a time limit for using devices

When the timer is done, the kids have to swap, but they know they will get another turn if you stay consistent with this

3. Help kids share

Viewing time: 1m 02s

What you will learn:

  • Just telling them to share or using guilt barely works!
  • Keep things fair by taking turns and using a timer

4. Talk about the argument afterwards

Viewing time: 26 seconds 

What you will learn:

  • Talk about it the fight or argument
  • Ask why did they think it happened, how they feel now and how they feel their sibling/s feel
  • This increases awareness

Tons of tips for mums of under 5's

Check out the videos, resources, advice and useful information for parenting toddlers

SKIP is a nationwide network of individuals, community groups, government agencies, workplaces and national NGOs.

Their aim is for all children in New Zealand to be raised in a positive way by parents and caregivers who feel confident about managing children’s behaviour as part of a loving, nurturing relationship.

Mum+ loves their fun and informative website, packed with heaps of resources.  Check it out here.

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