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My 3 year old absolutely loves his little 3 month old brother. He is eager to teach him things and show him what he is playing with. I know that they will certainly fight over toys and have disagreements but how can I continue to promote friendship and love between them as they get older? ~Jule, StrongMoms Facilitator
Watching your kids interacting together is one of the great joys of life. Julie, you seem like such a thoughtful parent that I am sure you are reinforcing a caring and friendly relationship simply by your example. From my limited experience, they are built-in best friends and as long as they respect each other as they grow, the relationship is going to be the strongest bond in their lives. Great post!
It is tough and sometimes it is dictated largely by their personalities and how well they get along. My middle two fight a lot but their personalities clash..my other kids don't fight at all!
Thanks, AnswerDad! :-) What a great compliment. Even though they love each other, they do have different ways of approaching the world. I want to make them each feel valued for the things they are good at and not feel like one is more appreciated than the other. I know I'll make mistakes but hopefully they'll turn out fine in spite of those!
Yes, I agree! In spite of the mistakes my parents made, I turned out just fine too! And my sister and I used to fight like cats and dogs and now that we are adults we are best friends---go figure.
Ultimately, they are individuals and how they interact is largely out of our control. Fighting is apart of sibling relationships since the start of time! You are more like a coach/referee!