Looking Out for Siblings of Disabled Children

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

There are sounds of objects crashing into walls and screaming. The girl hurries out of her room to get her younger brother into his bedroom. She knows she must act quickly to make sure he does not get hurt. The commotion continues for several minutes before it becomes quiet. The girl cautiously comes out of her room with her younger brother. Usually when the quiet…

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…