Sibling rivalry

Next date: Wednesday, 20 November 2024 | 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Fullarton Park Community Centre

Presented by Mark Le Messurier 2022 SA Senior Australian of the Year

Discussion 7: Sibling rivalry - how to see it, deal with it and shape the behaviours you want

Sibling rivalry begins when the second child arrives, and the first-born is dethroned. No longer is the first child the centre of the universe. Their universe suddenly becomes a shared one, and ‘number two’ can easily be viewed as a threat!  From that moment children must share and the stage for ‘sibling rivalry’ is set.  

Secondly, the usual motivations behind sibling rivalry involve children competing for the same basic resources - for time, attention, love, toys, screens, being first, and approval from their parents.  Interestingly, the closer siblings are in age, or developmentally, the more intense the love, the play and the rivalry are likely to be. 

Mark will offer you optimism, comfort and hope woven into some highly constructive tools to work with. After all, sibling relationships are often the longest lasting and most intimate relationships formed by human beings.


Wednesday 20 November, 10am - 12noon

Fullarton Park Community Centre, 411 Fullarton Road, Fullarton

Cost: Free, bookings essential.

For more information contact the Centre on 8372 5180 or email

Parents can attend personalised sessions with child behaviour expert Mark Le Messurier throughout 2024, as he presents a different parenting topic each session. Numbers will be limited. Participants have the opportunity for discussion and to raise their own issues. Book one, a few or all sessions. We ask if you reserve a place in these free sessions that you do your best to attend. We are unable to cater for children in these sessions.


  • Wednesday, 20 November 2024 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


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