Parenting More Than One Child

What's The Secret to a Peaceful Household?

While many of the same principles apply to both single-child and multiple-child parenting, there are several issues that parents of one child don't have to deal with. Not only will you have to manage your relationships with multiple children, but you'll also have to help your children relate to each other. Sometimes you'll deal with rivalries, arguments, and fights . . . and sometimes you'll have two inseparable best friends. That's the nature of parenting siblings. And while it can seem like a really tough job, it can also be very rewarding. Whether you have 2 kids or 10, many of the principles remain the same. Raising siblings, just like raising a single child, takes patience, commitment, a strong support network, and a lot of love. Keep reading to find ways to improve your relationships with your children, as well as improve their relationships with each other.

Did You Know?

  • Among parents with three or more children, 65 percent say that sibling rivalry makes their job more difficult.1

  • Sibling relationships can be one of the closest and most intimate relationships a person has throughout his or her life.2


1. Eugene Roehlkepartain, Peter Scales, Stacey Rude, and Jolene Roehlkepartain, Building Strong Families: A Preliminary Survey on What Parents Need to Succeed (Chicago, IL: YMCA of the USA and Minneapolis, MN: Search Institute, 2002).

2. Brenda Volling, “Sibling Relationships,” in Well-Being: Positive Development across the Life Course, eds. Marc Bornstein, Lucy Davidson, Corey Keyes, Kristin Moore, and the Center for Child Well-being (Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum), 205-220.