Dr. Cristina R. Chen
Sibling Bonds and Activities to Strengthen Them
A child’s siblings are arguably some of the most influential people that will cross his (or her) path in life. They are his first friends, his greatest rivals, and best buddies all in one. By encouraging a deep bond between your children, you will give them a gift that lasts a lifetime.
One of the most important reasons to encourage sibling bonds is because your children will be each other’s first and hopefully best friends throughout life. While other relationships will come and go, your children will always be family to each other.
Your children’s relationship with each other is in some ways even more important than their relationship with you because your children will continue their relationship even after you are gone. Make an effort to convey the importance of this concept to your children.
A Deep Understanding of Each Other
Often, children grow up in the same home and with the same set of parents. They alone will remember how you were as a parent, with all your great qualities and annoying habits. This experience is invaluable and a great privilege.
Harmony within the family leads to increased health in every area. When your children are fighting and failing to connect, they will have an increase in stress levels and health issues - whether it be mental, physical, or emotional. Strengthening sibling bonds leads to a more peaceful atmosphere, which calms and nourishes your child in every way.
Activities in Teamwork
One great way to increase bonds between your children is to encourage activities that strengthen their teamwork mentality. Choose unusual activities and that you rarely do to give them a chance to see each other as teammates rather than just big siblings or little siblings. Things like puzzles, sports, and playing musical instruments promote learning to work together as a team instead of just coexisting.
When the family has fun together, their relationships grow naturally and without effort in those moments. Use this to your advantage, and spend time doing swimming, hiking, and playing board games. When summer arrives, let your children put on the sprinkler, jump on the trampoline and eat their lunch together picnic-style outside.
These carefree times will give them memories that last them a lifetime and that they can look back on together in the future. See every moment as an opportunity to facilitate bonding between your children, and it will shift your perspective.
Sibling bonds are some of the most important bonds that your child will have throughout his lifetime. They will strengthen your child as an individual and as part of the family. Nurture these bonds, and the outcome will be one of your greatest joys in life.