Sibling Conflict Can Harm Children’s Mental Health

Fighting sisters

Class helps parents navigate sibling relationships


New research involving thousands of children and adolescents around the country has found that those who were attacked, threatened or intimidated by a sibling had increased levels of depression, anger and anxiety.


Even when there are no physical scars, aggression between siblings can inflict psychological wounds as damaging as the anguish caused by bullies at school or on the playground.


With school ending, siblings will spend more time together, which can lead to more conflict. Youth Eastside Services is offering a special program to help parents manage these relationships by understanding the role of birth order, children's interpretation of fairness, and how differences in temperament and development influence the way conflicts arise.


The class will take place Tuesday, June 25th from 6-7:30 p.m. at Youth Eastside Services, 999 164th Avenue NE in Bellevue. Cost is $10 and Preregistration is required:

please email or call 425.747.4937.