|Sibling Rivalry: Fair and Equal
Hello, everyone! Welcome to Planet Equal, where every sibling gets treated, well, equally. Here are some things you can expect:
On the other side of the solar system, we've got Planet Fair, where:
Which planet would YOU rather live on?
There's a big, important difference between "equal" and "fair." It's impossible for parents to treat each child absolutely equally, and it wouldn't be right even if they could. Parents treat us differently because we are different. Maybe your sister is getting seconds on ice cream because she needs to put on a little weight. Maybe your brother got an extra pair of sneakers because he wears them out faster. Each kid's needs and wants are unique, and what matters is that your family is doing their best to give fair treatment. If you feel that this isn't the case, bring up your concerns with a trusted adult.
Still not convinced? When David got his dream skateboard for his birthday, he was totally psyched. A month later, his brother got the same board for his birthday, even though he still loved the one he had. Suddenly, David felt like his gift wasn't special anymore. David's parents were trying to be sure that they didn't favor him over his brother, but this equal treatment ended up making David feel bad.