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Sibling Relationships

The Unexpected Benefits Of Being The Middle Child

Phoebe Fox | Posted 08.10.2016 | Good News
Phoebe Fox

August 12 is National Middle Child Day--a dilemma for those of us in the center of our families: We're not often used to having the spotlight on us.

5 Stories Only Sisters Will Understand

The Huffington Post | Kyli Singh | Posted 05.05.2016 | Women

There's nothing quite like the special bond between sisters. Even though she can be a pain in the butt at times, you wouldn't trade her for the world....

My Brother Just Came Out as Gay and Here's What I Learned

FlockU | Posted 04.08.2016 | College

Today, I am often reminded of the struggles my brother must face on a day-to-day basis. I flinch when people say "that's gay" or "faggot", because I know sometimes, my brother has to hear someone say that, too.

Your Parents Lied. They Do Have A Favorite Child.

The Huffington Post | Kate Bratskeir | Posted 04.04.2016 | Healthy Living

For your entire lifetime, your parents have kept up a very, very good lie. Whether you were the straight A sibling or the one acting out in class, you...

How to Help Your Kids Build a Lifelong Friendship | Posted 01.14.2017 | Parents

The relationship that siblings have with each other is vital to their character development, their sense of personal history and even the happiness they feel in old age. A positive relationship with a brother or a sister in childhood will result in a best friend for life.

How To Avoid Reverting To Your Teenage Self Over The Holidays

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 12.22.2015 | Healthy Living

There's a joke that captures the feeling of "regression" that many adults experience when they go home to spend the holidays with their families. It g...

Why Are Siblings Important?

Devishobha Ramanan | Posted 12.16.2016 | HuffPost Home
Devishobha Ramanan

I grew up with 2 siblings, both sisters. Those days were filled with moments that ranges from intense battles over 'who gets to sleep with mommy toda...

9 Reasons Your Sisters Are Your Best Friends

Avelist | Posted 11.20.2016 | Women

No matter how often we might disagree, I always know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that my sisters have my best interests at heart.

The Parenting Trick That Has Saved My Sanity

Rachel Garlinghouse | Posted 08.05.2016 | Parents
Rachel Garlinghouse

One of the most basic things parents teach their children is that sharing and taking-turns is important to help maintain order and preserve feelings. After all, what's more fair than taking turns?

Plain Old Sibling Rivalry

Rachel Adams | Posted 07.22.2016 | Parents
Rachel Adams

Many children, especially young ones, lack the language and self-awareness to express their negative emotions in productive ways. Siblings become convenient targets for our feelings of jealousy and anger, and our dawning awareness of how unfair life can be.

Two Sisters, Four Kids ... One Man

Posted 11.28.2016 | Entertainment

Angel and her boyfriend Brian had been together for seven years and had two kids together ... when Brian started having an affair with Angel's sister,...

17 Awesome Things About Being A Woman With Brothers

The Huffington Post | Nina Friend | Posted 06.04.2015 | Women

In their 1992 song "Brother for Sale," Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen sing about the struggle of being girls with a brother. Sometimes brothers get on you...

Dear Family Whisperer: My Adult Children Still Fight!

Melinda Blau | Posted 05.22.2016 | Parents
Melinda Blau

To be sure, some siblings never get over their childhood dramas -- a situation that causes pain for the parents. But many do

Even U.S. Senate Candidates Have Big Sisters

Curtis Sittenfeld | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics
Curtis Sittenfeld

Currently in his second term as a Cincinnati City Council member, P.G. is especially interested in education and helping working and middle class families achieve financial stability -- but that's stuff you can find out by looking at his website. What I can tell you is what it's like to be his sister.

A Message For The Brother I Hardly Knew

Joe Seldner | Posted 04.25.2015 | Fifty
Joe Seldner

In late December, in the shadow of the hospital where my daughter was born, we buried my oldest brother. He was nine years older than I, and he led a troubled life. But as I said at his graveside, mustering the few words I could before breaking down, 'You made me laugh. You were my brother. I love you.'

My Sister, My Valentine

Dana Talusani | Posted 04.12.2015 | Parents
Dana Talusani

One thing about motherhood that continues to amaze me is the way my children are conduits to my own past. They'll be doing something mundane -- brushing teeth or making flowers out of Play-Doh -- and BAM! They'll toss out a remark, or tilt their head a certain way, and just like that, I'm transported to the days of Toughskins and Mary Janes.

33 Reasons My Kids Are Fighting Today

Meredith Hale | Posted 04.06.2015 | Parents
Meredith Hale

Little Brother was in time-out for two minutes while Big Sister was in time-out for five minutes and that's not fair.

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 03.12.2015 | 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 June | Posted 10.12.2014 | Parents
Erica June

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...