The Top 7 Sibling Squabbles

Don’t let them ruin your holidays.
The Top 7 Sibling Squabbles

Parents, if you have one child this Christmas, enjoy rocketing her toward the ceiling for that picturesque moment when she plants the angel atop your Christmas tree. And if you have more than one child, you may want to consider stuffing fluffy faux cotton snow into your ears right now because, come angel time, it will get ugly. Somehow the most idyllic moments we anticipate as parents have a way of devolving into chaos when our children behave . . . like children.

That’s why we asked moms like you what their children bicker about.

And while we acknowledge some of these may trigger post-traumatic stress for certain moms, we offer them in love so the next time you hear that familiar wail—“He’s looking at me!!!”—you’ll know you’re not alone.

You’re really not.

Most of the bickering moms reported fell into one of three categories: privilege, control and power. (If you didn’t catch it, these are fancy ways of saying pretty much the same thing.)


Nothing seems to aggravate our kids more than their siblings receiving some privilege to which they may or may not be entitled.

  • He’s using Dad’s Wii controller.
  • She got the orange cup yesterday.
  • He ate the last cookie.
  • I do more chores than she does.
  • He has less homework than I do.


Another tender spot for many of our children is control. Many go through the roof when their siblings find ways to exercise control over them.

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Margot Starbuck

Margot Starbuck, award-winning writer and speaker, is a graduate of Westmont College and Princeton Theological Seminary. A TCW regular contributor and columnist, Margot speaks regularly on discipleship, justice, and living love in the world God loves. Connect with Margot on Facebook, Twitter, or at

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