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We have a similar set of boys (3 and 15 months), and the way we dealt with it, in addition to largely following Ida's advice above, was to emphasize to the older boy that the younger boy needs toys, also. Largely this comes in two flavors: The older boy is playing with a large set of toys (cars, trains, etc.), where there are numerous individual elements. ...


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This is pretty normal for siblings, and there are a lot of factors in play. The toy somebody plays with always seems more interesting. There is a book Siblings without Rivalry which discusses it in details. I would suggest to do the following: Establish ownership. Each kid does not have to share his toy (of course, they can be asked, but don't insist). If ...


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In my opinion this is very common behavior. He probably wants to both be part of what B does, and maybe to retaliate. Our 3 year old does this quite common to his little brother, 13 months old. He still love his little brother, I and I bet A loves B a lot still. Does A share well with kids his own age? At 4, he is probably used to having some 'discussion' ...


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I would attempt to reason with the older child. Let him know that he had his times when he stayed home at that age, but now that he's getting to be a bigger kid the rules have changed. Also, that the younger child will also be on the "reduced days off" schedule that your oldest is on now. Our daughter has always responded well to a good explanation of ...


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Kids get excited when they are together, and may forget rules, especially if it turns to be a special event (it seems that you don't allow them to play together that often). I have a big family and most of my cousins are individually well-behaved but, there is nothing much to do, during family gathering, it always finishes with a horde of kids running ...


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The only thing that ever worked for me is: fixing the problem they have caused. (that is, if beforehand you have told them they would have to fix problems... :p) If they threw away their legos all over the house, then they take a bucket each and get them all back. (that becomes interesting when they have mixed all their puzzles together, I am telling ...



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