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5yr old and 3 yr old fighting

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liamharha Wed 22-Jul-15 11:52:28

Help !!! My 5 yr old and 3 yr old r constantly fighting to the point that they hurt each other hitting/ wrestling, ,older ones new strategy is scratching and 3 yr olds is bitting I'm at the end of my tether ! They r running rings round me !! They will argue over any thing toys what's on TV who gets to sit in the front of the car !! I feel embarrassed apparently they r good as gold in nursery its just at home !! I also have a six mth old ,, I feel they r becoming uncontrollable ,,I've tried shouting separating ,,putting on the naughty stair which they just get up and walk away from ,,,any advice is welcome as they r draining the life frof me !

Gottagetmoving Wed 22-Jul-15 12:50:34

Its a horrible phase that many siblings go through. There is no point in shouting - I don't know why people think that does any good at all and probably teaches them that shouting is a way to deal with things.

All you can do is keep separating them when they fight and give them consequences for hurting each other and see those through. Its bloody time consuming and tiring though!
Try to give them games they can cooperate over and teach this by playing with them to show them how to behave while they play.

I would have a zero tolerance policy on hitting or biting. Don't get angry just speak firmly and remove the child.
Some children grow out of it but others have rivalry all the time.

Kiwiinkits Wed 22-Jul-15 23:31:08

Boys? or girls? (they have different fighting styles IME)

I would invest in a book called Siblings Without Rivalry. Good tips in there. And it will fare you well for the next 10 years of sibling squabbles.

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