Apr 2, 2019

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Feb 5, 2018
*NEW* Child Care Change Report form now available on our website.
Oct 13, 2017
The Family and Individual Services Unit has been renamed Public Assistance in order to be more aligned with the services provided to the public
Aug 21, 2017

Kenynia Howard was indicted by a Sandusky County Grand Jury and pled guilty to theft and Medicaid eligibility fraud.           

Jul 22, 2015

The Sandusky County Department of Job and Family Services along with the eight counties listed below implemented a call center know as COLLABOR8. These nine (9) JFS Departments share a telephone and imaging system between counties to service public assistance consumers.

Nov 7, 2012
Child Support Web Portal Now Available

Sibling Rivalry

The word "sibling" refers to brothers and sisters, and "sibling rivalry" means the competitive feelings and actions that often occur among children in a family. There are things that you can do to try to reduce sibling rivalry.

  • Treat each child as an individual. Help children understand that they are treated differently by you and have different privileges and responsibilities because they are different individuals.
  • Respect each child's space, toys, and time when he wants to be alone, away from his siblings.
  • Avoid labeling or comparing one child to the other. This feeds into their competitiveness.
  • When a new child comes into the family, adequately prepare the older sibling for her new important role. Make her feel like it's her baby, too.
  • Play detective. Watch and note when siblings are not getting along (before dinner, in the car, before bed) and plan separate quiet activities for those times.
  • Watch how you treat each child to see if you are contributing to the rivalry. Make sure you are not playing favorites.
  • Have realistic expectations of how they should get along, cooperate, share, and like each other.
  • Positively reinforce them when they are getting along or when they solve their own conflicts.
  • Make each child feel special and important. Try to spend one-on-one time with each child every day.
  • Take time out for yourself to re-energize. Remember, sibling rivalry is a normal and expected part of family life.

By Elizabeth Pantley, author of Kid Cooperation and Perfect Parenting. © 2002.
Adapted from gateways to prevention 2003 child abuse prevention community resource packet