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My kids act like they HATE each other. What do I do?

Posted on 10/8/2020 by Greg Yoder

It’s not easy watching our kids fight. While my older kids were growing up, the three of them couldn’t get along as a trio. It was always two against one. I’ve noticed that when there’s a huge age gap, kids often view the other as being annoying or irritating. Conflict is pretty normal. If there’s hitting going on or other violence, you need to nip that in the bud quickly. Time-out or other discipline can help curb that. The reality is most kids love their siblings, but jealousy can create these tensions. Heart change is the only answer. When you notice it, point it out for what it is—sin. And the antidote is Christ alone. Over time, that message will change their heart.

Suggested Reading: 1 Corinthians 3:1-23

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