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  • Sam DiFranco


Having a sibling is normally the first social interaction a child will have. How the interaction goes is very important because it can influence what kind of person he/she may become. Having that bond allows for bonds to build and can increase one’s social skills.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, nearly 80% of children in the United States grow up with at least one sibling.


Collective resources suggest that most sibling rivalry’s come from fighting for parental attention. When a child’s needs are not being met, it can become a frequent problem.

Blended Families:

It is very common to see sibling rivalry amongst a blended because they are coming from different households. However, if it is affecting the family dynamic, counseling always has an open door.

Other life events can affect sibling relationships such as:

*Divorce *Death of a loved one *Mental health concerns *Trauma

Dealing with sibling issues can be very tough as a parent, as you try to remain neutral in the situation, however, you do not have to handle it alone. Counseling can potentially help breakdown and rebuild a household.

At Star Point Counseling Center in Tampa, FL and Brandon, FL we are currently offering online and over the phone counseling in Tallahassee, Orlando, Jacksonville, and Gainesville, Florida!

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