Sibling Rivalry: The First Love-Hate Relationship

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“Stop! It’s mine and you can’t have it!” screamed Tommy. “It is too! Let go!” screamed back his brother Mike. Several muffled smacking sounds come from the bedroom and end with Tommy coming out crying and seeking out his mother. This type of situation plays out in most households between brothers and sisters. Sibling rivalry is competition, jealousy, and fighting between brothers and sisters. It…

Young Children and Their Friendships

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

A little girl breathlessly runs up to her mother in the park and says, “I just made my new best friend!” The mother is very happy for her daughter and asks several follow-up questions like, “What’s your friend’s name?” and “Does she live around here?” Her daughter just says, “I don’t know” to each question but then adds, “We were both playing in the sandbox…

Teaching Children Differences of Tattling and Telling

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“She just dropped all of the glitter on the floor and didn’t put down the paper like you told us,” said the brother to his mother. “Now, what did I tell you about tattling on your sister?” said the mother, “You let me worry about your sister.” The mother, like most parents, is experiencing the tattling phase of child development. It is an age that…