This week’s Tuesday Topic comes from Dawn. She presented this painful scenario that many families know all too well.
I am wondering how you deal with bullying between siblings? Our newly adopted children have taken to bullying one of our younger adopted children. The older adopted children are biological siblings and stick together no matter what. Our son is the older of the siblings and seems to “control” the relationship with his younger biological sibling. Because he has decided he does not like our daughter that has been home for 6 years, he has turned his biological sister against our younger daughter as well. Our younger daughter struggles socially and is very meek and timid so we realize she is an easy “target”.
We never let our son and younger daughter alone together, but he still intimidates her by laughing at her, pushing her as she walks by, taunting her, etc. We are at a loss how to deal with his behavior and language is still a barrier. When we witness the behavior, we immediately address it by letting him know it is not acceptable. Help! I would love to get advice from parents who have “been there, done that”.
This question touches something deep in me and makes me so sad. It is a challenge to love and protect all of our children – some from harm and others from their own behaviors that are actually damaging and not healing.
Please take a moment to leave a comment and an encouraging word for Dawn. I’m sure that there are many families who would love to hear your thoughts.
Many blessings to you, my friends, today.