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Healthy Competition Not So Healthy In Siblings?

Alisa Schindler | Posted 11.21.2014 | Parents
Alisa Schindler

It's hard to draw the line between healthy competition and unhealthy sibling rivalry. I want my kids to be competitive, just not with each other. Yet, I don't know how to stop it.

Can You Really Love Your Second Child As Much As Your First?

Darcy R. Shapiro | Posted 11.13.2014 | Parents
Darcy R. Shapiro

They placed him in my arms and he was tiny and perfect. And he looked up at me and gave me that look -- you know the one. He opened up his eyes and looked straight into mine and I could almost hear him say, "Hi Mom, I've been waiting to meet you."

5 Ways My Second Kid Is Getting Less (And That's OK)

Meredith Hale | Posted 10.03.2014 | Parents
Meredith Hale

I'm constantly witnessing ways in which my toddler son is getting less than his older sister did. And yet, despite the outward appearance of deprivation, I'm discovering that the things he's missing aren't as important as I thought.

6 Things I Let My Third Child Do

Lisa Sadikman | Posted 11.12.2014 | Parents
Lisa Sadikman

I used to get so annoyed when outdoor toys found their way indoors: sand buckets and pool noodles, hula hoops and soccer balls, the tricycle, the scooter. Now, I just take three deep breaths and look away.

5 Things Not To Say To Parents Of An Only Child

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 10.21.2014 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

Let's visit some of the most frequent comments made to parents of "only children" and then we will have some fun with some responses that are intended to leave everyone feeling intact.

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.

You Say Middle, I Say Center

Alisa Schindler | Posted 10.11.2014 | Parents
Alisa Schindler

I wanted to protect him, but the more I focused on him, the more he fought it off. It was like he already had a shield of armor around his heart, which pretty much broke mine. I thought I had sealed his fate and he was punishing me.

5 Ways Your Last Kid Gets The Short End Of The Stick

Melissa Chapman | Posted 08.31.2014 | Parents
Melissa Chapman

4. He doesn't get a front row seat to the live stage show du jour... but he does get to watch anything he wants on TV, which he will be sitting in front of for 16 hours a day.

How Birth Order Affects A Person's Educational Goals

The Huffington Post | Mandy Velez | Posted 04.29.2014 | Parents

Researchers have both speculated and studied how birth order affects kids' personalities in the past, but one study out of the United Kingdom has foun...

The Achiever, the Peacemaker and the Life of the Party: How Birth Order Affects Personality

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 02.22.2014 | Parents
Dr. Gail Gross

I know that no two children have the same set of parents, even though they live in the same family. Why? Because parents are different with each of their children, and no two children ever take the same role.

28 Signs You're Dealing With A Youngest Child

Lian Dolan | Posted 11.08.2013 | Parents
Lian Dolan

7. Has photographic memory of every event that happened to older siblings, including what they were wearing and what Mom yelled.

28 Signs You're Dealing With An Oldest Child

The Huffington Post | Lisa Belkin and Emma Mustich | Posted 11.05.2013 | Parents

Add another data point to the Great Birth Order Debate. Last month, researchers at Duke University and Washington University in St. Louis released the...

How an Only Child Raises Sisters

Carla Molina | Posted 10.12.2013 | Parents
Carla Molina

I can't raise two only children. All I can do is love them each individually and let my love for each be an example of how they should love one another.

What It Means To Be The Third Child

Jennifer Meer | Posted 10.01.2013 | Parents
Jennifer Meer

You will be the third. It will be busy and far more loud and chaotic than anything your brother or sister was born into. You will be expected more than they ever were to do more, learn more on your own. You will never have less of me, but will have a different me than the one they first met.

Surprising Reason Some Men Are Republicans

HuffPost Live | Posted 07.24.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

A new academic study has found that young men raised with sisters are more conservative in their outlook on gender roles and more likely to vote Repub...

Farah L. Miller

9 Surprising Facts About Only Children

HuffingtonPost.com | Farah L. Miller | Posted 10.23.2013 | Parents

I crave attention. I turn unrelated conversations into stories about my own life. Being social is important to me, and I get lonely fairly easily. I...

Does Loving Differently Mean Loving Better?

Christine Organ | Posted 06.11.2013 | Parents
Christine Organ

Does different treatment necessarily mean better or worse treatment? Do different interactions mean that one child is a favorite? And, god forbid, does different love inherently mean better love?

It's Hard Being the Youngest

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 12.22.2012 | Parents
Bruce Reyes-Chow

So win or lose, regardless of what her older sisters have done in the past, today is Youngest's day... hers, all hers.

How Firstborns and Secondborns Compare

Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D. | Posted 09.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D.

People have long been fascinated with birth order and how it shapes our lives; and recent research indicates that first- and secondborns do indeed see the world differently in ways that impact their motivation and likelihood of career and personal success.

Birth Order Survey Yields Big Surprise About Who Is Financially Responsible

Posted 04.09.2012 | Science

By: Chad Brooks, BusinessNewsDaily Contributor Published: 04/09/2012 08:01 AM EDT on BusinessNewsDaily While studies have long shown the role th...

5 Ways To Think About Personality Types

Delia Lloyd | Posted 04.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Delia Lloyd

If you pay someone to advise you on changing careers these days, the very first thing they'll likely do is administer a personality test to see what career paths you're suited to. So, how should we think about personality types?

Loving One Kid More Than Another During the Holidays?

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 02.19.2012 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

In 2009, David Lawson and Ruth Maco, two professors from the UK, published a study of 14,000 families. And yep, it appears that parents have favorites despite their protests to the contrary.

Birth Order And Personality: What Does It All Mean?

Hayley Krischer | Posted 11.28.2011 | Parents
Hayley Krischer

Studies from the past three years show that birth order determines IQ and our personality traits. If this is so, then how do sibling rivalries shake out in stepfamilies when birth order becomes an issue?

Five Facts About Siblings

Delia Lloyd | Posted 11.26.2011 | Parents
Delia Lloyd

Sibling relationships are vitally important in shaping who we are and how we behave.

The Secret Bond That Sisters Share

Deborah Tannen | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Deborah Tannen

A sister is someone with whom you can laugh and be silly like when you were kids; who still sees in you the child you were; who shares your past and your memories of it.