Sibling relationship plays a distinct role in socialization, different from those with parents or peers. Sibling conflicts can become a vehicle for understanding social relationship.
Lessons and skills from interaction with siblings carry over to relationship outside the home. Babies usually become attached to their older brothers and sister. The more securely attached each sibling is to the parents, the better they get alone with other. As babies began to move around and become more assertive, they inevitably come into conflict with siblings. Sibling conflict increase dramatically after the younger child reaches 18 months of age.
Effect of birth order
Birth order has a powerful impact upon children’s emotions, behavior and personality development.
The first born child enjoys parent’s undivided love and attention for a period of time. She can emerge feeling loved with a sense of security and self- confidence. These children quickly learn how to please their parents – becoming conscientious, organized and reliable and serving as surrogate parents to younger siblings.
The characteristics of first born are
The middle child shares the positive of being both a younger sibling and an older one. The middle child faces some of the unique challenges. He feels upset about losing his role as the baby, and often feels left out and jealous because both his older and younger siblings command so much attention.
The characteristic of middle born are
Only child grow up alone in the family without any sibling. They have difficulty forming relationship with others. These children’s are typically mature for their age due to time spent with adults. Many are high achievers, with a few rebelling and following their own path.
The characteristic of only child are
Relationship between siblings
Research has shown that healthy sibling relationships can significantly benefits us later in life. Those with positive sibling relationship report higher life satisfaction and lower rates of depression later in life. The support is common regardless of whether they live next to or far away from each other.
Friendships may come and go, but we stick with our sibling. This relationship is oftentimes one of the longest relationships in a person’s life. Sibling relationship is authentic. Often siblings grow up in the same environment, share the same parents, and share common memories and similar experiences. They are a part of who we are and that relationship is a shared history that makes this unique relationship invaluable.
Adolescence is the age where the nature of sibling relationships changes from childhood to adolescence. Young adolescence often provide one another warmth and support, this period of development is also marked by increased conflicts and emotional distance. This effect varies based on sex of sibling. Mixed- sex sibling pairs often experience more drastic decrease in intimacy during adolescence while the same- sex sibling pairs experience a slight rise in intimacy during early adolescence followed by a slight drop.