The Sibling Bond

Bonds between siblings begin early, are infinitely varied and last a lifetime. Research has found that if a toddler has an older sibling, her pretend play is more sophisticated—involving more complex ideas and language than the play of toddlers without older siblings.


Imaginative and interactive play helps children understand other people’s feelings and beliefs, develop social skills, and learn the difference between imagined and real life.

Understanding those differences enables them to behave sensitively toward other people, and to use their language and actions to connect with them. Having a sibling helps this along for your toddler.

Disclaimer: This page is not intended to provide medical advice about your child. Always seek the advice of a physician, qualified healthcare provider or child-development specialist with any questions you have about your child's health, medical condition or development. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified professional because of something you read here.

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