Applied Theology
by WordExplain

A Potpourri of Biblical and Practical Perspectives
on a Variety of Topics . . .

"Finally brothers ... be of one mind, live in peace.  And the God of love and peace will be with you."  2 Corinthians 13:11

Parenting Q&A
Controlling Quarreling

by Christa Bartsch

October, 2008 

Q:  How many of us moms have children who squabble and fuss with each other from time to time?

A:     All of us! 

Having sinful natures just as adults do, children will argue and get frustrated with each other.  It’s our job as parents to teach them how to communicate with each other, how to express anger properly, how to be unselfish, and to think of others’ points of view.  These are vital things to teach our children, and God gives them siblings to practice on!  So when they’re fighting, or fussing amongst themselves, get involved and teach them how to express themselves better and how to resolve things.  

Role play with them if necessary.  I’ve sat down squabbling siblings and said, “OK, Michael, explain your side of it to her.”  Then, “Good job explaining yourself.  Now,  Melissa, what’s your side of the situation?”  And, finally, “See?  So what was really happening here was …..  When you stop and explain yourself and listen to the other person you can figure out problems a whole lot easier.”  

Remind them that God gave us siblings on purpose and we’re expected to love and respect them.  If they can’t do that with siblings how will they act out in the world?


by Christa Bartsch

October, 2008

Published by

Email Contact:

Go to Parenting Q&A Index Page

Go to Applied Theology Index Page


About the Author:  Christa Bartsch is a stay-at-home mom who lives in the  Midwest.  She has led seminar workshops for women on marriage and parenting.  She has been happily married for twenty years and is the mother of five children.  

WordExplain by James T. Bartsch

(Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.  Used by Permission.)

Updated March 30, 2014

Button Bar Credit

Search here.