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Sibling bullying: How to be sure normal tangles are not actually damaging

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(Read caption) Ben Heinrich smiles as he looks at his younger sister, Hannah, at their home in Grand Haven, Mich., this winter. Siblings love each other, but sometimes they can lash out and, if it's too aggressive, cause lasting emotional trauma, a study says.

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There’s a common parental refrain, “If you’re not bleeding, I don’t want to hear it! Figure out how to work it out!”
Siblings fight. It’s part of how kids learn to resolve conflict. Parents expect it, shrug it off, and tell their kids that, one day, they will be best friends.


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