Expert On Ways To Keep Sibling Rivalries Under Control

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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Sibling rivalries are common in many households, but as a local psychotherapist explains, there are ways to keep them under control. 

A 14-year-old is in jail, charged with the stabbing death of a sibling. High Point police say the teenager faces a first-degree murder charge in juvenile court, and the district attorney is deciding whether to try the teenager as an adult. 

Read More | 14-Year-Old Stabbed Brother To Death

Without speculating over what happened in this specific case, we went to psychotherapist Dr. Nannette Funderburk to find out how to keep things from going too far. 

She says parents need to be watchful of their children's interactions with each other, as well as their body language around the house.  

"When they start tapping on that table really fast or when they just pace back and forth or you can see them start to breathe differently, those are the things the parent wants to be aware of so that mom and dad can pick up on that stuff earlier....earlier on in the situation before things happen," she said. 

Funderburk offered more tips in an interview with WFMY News 2's Patrick Wright Sunday evening. The full video is attached to this article. 

And, for parents who are looking for more personalized tips, the National Parenting Hotline can help. It's open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The number is 1-855-4A PARENT (427-2736).

WFMY News 2/The SEL Group

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