iOS app Android app

Sibling Relationships

How I Dodged Barbies and Boy Bands

Mara Menachem | Posted 12.22.2014 | Women
Mara Menachem

My diverse taste in music, art and film is due to their influence, and my natural sense of style created out of these components. It wasn't intentional, but my big brothers made me pretty darn cool.

Interfering in Sibling Relationships Can Push Them Further Apart

Kate Russell | Posted 12.20.2014 | Parents
Kate Russell

Sibling relationships can be highly volatile but they can also be incredibly special. For many of us with multiple children, it is our dream that they will be best of mates, that they will care for one another, look out for one another and play happily together like all best friends do.

6 Things Only A Sister Can Do For You

Posted 09.30.2014 | OWN

She's bossy? She's embarrassing? She's irreplaceable? Yes, yes, and yes -- but not at all how you think. By Sean Wilsey First off, a little back...

Divided Mom Stands. United she Falls.

Alisa Schindler | Posted 11.19.2014 | Parents
Alisa Schindler

At times, I had relied on their division somewhat to keep from doing things I didn't want to do. Alone they were a single, sometimes whiny voice, but united they were a force, their powers tripled. If they really started working together, they would be unstoppable!

A Parent's Guide To Minimizing Sibling Rivalry

High50 | Posted 10.17.2014 | Fifty

Competition between brothers and sisters may cease once they grow up, or it may get worse. Is there anything parents can do to heal a rift?

Birth Order and How Being the Oldest Stinks

Erica Ford | Posted 10.12.2014 | Parents
Erica Ford

New stuff is pretty much the only advantage you're going to have over your siblings, besides the right to pull rank and boss them around.

The Best Present I Could Ever Give My Children

Courtney Byrne | Posted 09.17.2014 | Parents
Courtney Byrne

My husband and I don't have much room in our house, but in our hearts, we have room for a big family, full of siblings, like the homes we grew up in. I shouldn't expect strangers to understand that.

Anna Almendrala

The Scientific Reason Why We Hurt The Ones We Love Most | Anna Almendrala | Posted 06.26.2014 | Healthy Living

The people we know and love the most are the same people we're most awful to in word and deed -- and vice versa. That’s the takeaway of three dec...

3 Fears About Having a Second Baby Debunked

Rachel Cedar | Posted 08.24.2014 | Parents
Rachel Cedar

What parents on the cusp of welcoming a new baby don't realize, and what I didn't understand as I waddled in the park that day, is that so many of our fears are unfounded. Here's a few reasons to let go of those fears, and trust in the path ahead.

A New Reason Positive Sibling Interaction Is Important

The Huffington Post | Posted 01.27.2014 | Parents

BY ANDREW M. SEAMAN NEW YORK Mon Jan 27, 2014 12:23am EST (Reuters Health) - In large families, young kids can't always get a lot of individua...

For the Love of My Sister

Robin Korth | Posted 03.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Robin Korth

My sister Laurie was a year and a half older than me and always two years ahead of me in school. She was also my best friend and "almost twin." In our...

The Lowland

Elisabeth Joy LaMotte, LICSW | Posted 02.08.2014 | Books
Elisabeth Joy LaMotte, LICSW

The Lowland begins with a compelling narrative exploring the intricate relationship between brothers Subhash and Udayan. Just 15 months apart, these brothers growing up in Calcutta are exceptionally close but completely different.

How I Owned Up to My Last Mental Facepalm

Naomi Mac Millan | Posted 01.25.2014 | Good News
Naomi Mac Millan

At the time, her answer made me feel sorry for her. At least that's how I took it. However, it was my brother-in-law's impromptu speech during the reception that caused me to rethink things. I realized I had it all wrong.

Proof That Big Brothers Aren't So Bad After All

Posted 09.27.2013 | Divorce

Sure, they left smelly socks all over the house after soccer practice and ratted you out to mom and dad when you went to the movies while grounded. Bu...

James Wallington From Capture on Bullying, Empowerment and Being a Big Brother

Randall Jenson | Posted 11.10.2013 | Gay Voices
Randall Jenson

I quickly found myself wanting to learn more about the Lime Team, comprising Midwestern siblings James and Rebecca Wallington. I recently chatted with James about his experiences on Capture up to his and Rebecca's elimination in the fifth episode.

How Fatherhood Impacts Brotherhood: William, Uncle Harry, and the Prince of Cambridge

Avidan Milevsky | Posted 09.24.2013 | Celebrity
Avidan Milevsky

Harry's role in this young family's life is an important and unique aspect of the bond that has developed between William and Harry. This, in turn, can also inform our understanding of sibling relationships in general.

6 Things I'm Too Scared To Tell My Sister

Posted 04.23.2013 | OWN

By Lucinda Rosenfeld The youngest of the family -- now the mother of two daughters and author of The Pretty One -- opens up about a few old siblin...

9 Life Skills We Learn From Having Siblings

GalTime | Posted 03.17.2013 | Parents

Sibling relationships provide your child with their first lessons about how to handle the more difficult aspects of long-term, intimate relationships. Here are some ideas about how to help your kid get the most out of these lessons.

Why My Heart's A Little Broken This Christmas

Mary Kate Sheridan | Posted 02.23.2013 | Women
Mary Kate Sheridan

We were made to be sisters, and it was clear right from that first Christmas how well we balance each other out. Nothing makes this bond as clear as Christmastime.

Will Going To The Same School Tear My Daughters Apart?

Lisa McElroy | Posted 10.29.2012 | Parents
Lisa McElroy

For the past two years, my girls have been in different schools -- one in middle, one in elementary. And, without making too big a drama out of it, I have to tell you that it has been a huge pain for my husband and me.

Were You Your Parents' Favorite -- Or Least?

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 10.27.2012 | Parents
Dr. Peggy Drexler

The idea that your parents might have liked or like a sibling more than you is tough to take, sure. But know that parents can love all their children, even if they favor one over the other.

5 Keys To Cutting Your Mental And Emotional Umbilical Cord

Judith Johnson | Posted 07.24.2012 | Healthy Living
Judith Johnson

It is essential to recognize that these family roles are not "the truth," but simply the roles we assume in our relationship to other family members. Typically, there is a sense of self that doesn't match the role, and the individual struggles to reconcile the two.

Sister Act

Leda Natkin Nelis | Posted 07.08.2012 | Parents
Leda Natkin Nelis

My thirteen-year-old daughter has been looking on with envy as I spend my odd hours crafting and polishing parenting columns focused on her brother -- his quirks, his talents, his challenges. This week, let me shift my attention to her, the neurotypical sibling.

Spacing Kids: Should You Have Your Children in Close Succession? A Cross-Cultural Conundrum

Juliet Linley | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Juliet Linley

Giovanna lives with the anguish of not wanting a second child so soon, but with the concern that she is harming her son by not giving him a little brother or sister immediately.

Losing Siblings

Linnie Frank Bailey | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Linnie Frank Bailey

Some siblings are lost through death, others to squabbles and disagreements. Sometimes it's minor, and sometimes it's major, although it seems to me that when you're standing over a sibling's grave, most conflicts pale in comparison.