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PARENTS FACE CHALLENGE FROM SIBLING RIVALRY

If American women were asked the most irritating feature of raising children, I'm convinced that sibling rivalry would get their unanimous vote. Children don't seem to be content to hate each other in private. They argue, scream, taunt and tattle. Parents are the big losers from such combat because they must listen to the noise of the battlefield and patch up the wounded.

The underlying source of this conflict is jealousy and competition. Perhaps if parents could avoid making comparisons, each child would feel he or she is respected with as much equal worth as his siblings.

A cure may not be practical to expect, if parents are unwilling to enforce reasonable limits with love and dignity.

SANDRA S. LARIMER
Fredonia

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