David C Cook COVID-19 Response

Sibling for Sale

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Materials Needed:

  • Internet access

Ask for a show of hands: How many people here have a brother or sister—or maybe both?

  • Do you usually get along with your sibling(s)? (Allow your students to speak honestly about their relationships with their family members, but don’t let this turn into a sibling-bashing session.) 
  • What are some of the most common reasons you and your sibling(s) fight? (Accept all reasonable responses.)

There are may reasons that fighting with siblings can occur. A recent article by professional therapists listed the following as some of the many reasons siblings can fight:

“Major life changes” in the family, such as moving, navigating a family member’s health complications, or the death of a loved one.
“Being excluded,” such as from a sibling’s friend group or activities.
“Challenges with sharing,” especially when one sibling believes the other is receiving more time with a game or toy.
“Sibling rivalry” and competing for parents’ time or attention.
“Age differences” and being at different developmental stages. 

Sibling fights can happen for a multitude of reasons. Unfortunately, conflict is part of life and relationships. It can be especially with people we spend a lot of time with, such as our siblings. However, we can choose to work through our disagreements with others rather than letting those conflicts divide us. 

While you’re stuck with the siblings—and other relatives—you have, you’re not stuck with endlessly bad relationships with your family members. If you work to keep your focus on Jesus, it’ll make a real difference. Let’s look at some siblings who were involved in the ministry of Jesus, and see how their focus on the Lord made things better.

Looking for Steps 2 & 3?

You can find Steps 2 and 3 in your teacher’s guide. To purchase a teacher’s guide, please visit: Bible-in-Life or Echoes.

Materials Needed:

  • Students’ cell phones
  • Whiteboard and markers
  • Optional: Paper, pens/pencils

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