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What I Hope My Kids Will Mean To Each Other... One Day

Allison Tate | Posted 11.24.2013 | Parents
Allison Tate

These boys don't often cough up love for one another, but when I catch these fleeting gestures -- one boy calls, the other answers -- I feel the strings pull taut. I think that maybe, just maybe, I've managed to give them a family.

Embracing the Dark and the Light: Lessons of the Equinox

Lynn Shattuck | Posted 11.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Lynn Shattuck

I started to breathe again. I started getting dressed before noon. I went to grief groups and I spoke. I stopped hiding, for maybe the first time ever. I started writing down the memories of my brother that flitted through my mind, unburied by his absence.

The Success of the Next Generation of Trump: A Lesson for Family Business

Avidan Milevsky | Posted 09.15.2013 | Business
Avidan Milevsky

Being a family dynamics researcher and clinician, I was recently approached by a business owner looking for advice about the best way to navigate the ...

WATCH: 10 Senior Siblings Living Life To The Fullest

Sarah Barness | Posted 09.09.2013 | Fifty

Art Kutchinski, 82, feels fortunate to be surrounded by his family. But this is no ordinary reunion. Art has nine happy and healthy siblings, ranging ...

From Reformer to Slaughterer: The Family Dynamics That Transformed Syria's Bashar al-Assad

Avidan Milevsky | Posted 09.02.2013 | World
Avidan Milevsky

As the White House, the Syrian government, and the world await the upcoming congressional vote about the use of force against Syria many unanswered qu...

Can an Only Child Make Sense of Having Two Children?

Stacey Gish Wallenstein | Posted 10.30.2013 | Parents
Stacey Gish Wallenstein

I keep reading because I'm scared. I have no frame of reference for a sibling in my life and it seems in this case, I'll have to follow my daughter's lead, loving unconditionally, sight unseen, and just open my heart and share everything I have.

A Dedication to a Grandmother in the Kitchen

Joshua Lewin | Posted 10.27.2013 | Taste
Joshua Lewin

Grandma is 90 now. She does not cook anymore. But she loves to watch me. She'll mix the matzoh balls if I encourage her. She'll offer advice if I insist, but with her fingers crossed. Because she honestly thinks I do it better than she does. She is wrong.

The Non-Existent Sibling in U.S. Family Law

Avidan Milevsky | Posted 10.23.2013 | Divorce
Avidan Milevsky

Legislation to allow for siblings to seek partial custody or visitation when appropriate is a natural extension of the overwhelming scientific evidence highlighting the critical and unmatched role played by siblings throughout life.

Everyone Knew I Was Gay, Except My Brother

Brian Douglas Kennedy | Posted 10.18.2013 | Gay Voices
Brian Douglas Kennedy

When I came out to the rest of my family in my early 20s, no one was shocked. The fact that I was gay shouldn't have been a surprise to my brother either. After all, we had adjacent bedrooms and my high school years were spent wearing out the soundtracks to Rent and Jesus Christ Superstar.

Are Only Children Doomed To Divorce?

Posted 08.14.2013 | Divorce

According to a new study out of The Ohio State University, people with siblings are less likely to divorce than those without. The authors found th...

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.

College Bound: The Impact on the Siblings Left Behind

GalTime | Posted 10.08.2013 | Parents

When you acknowledge and address the impact of your teen's departure on her brothers and sisters at home, you ensure that no one feels unimportant or left behind.

How to Prepare Your Children for an Unfair Future

Avidan Milevsky | Posted 10.07.2013 | Parents
Avidan Milevsky

As any parent knows, "it's not fair" seems to be the complaint of choice when children feel the slightest sense of injustice in their life, particularly when they think that their sibling received more than they did.

Let the Children Play

Carla Molina | Posted 10.07.2013 | Parents
Carla Molina

I let them play because when they're my age and think back to being little people, I want them to remember days of endless playing, of made-up worlds and drunken laughter.

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.

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.

My Big Girl and Her (Like a) Baby Brother

Jamie Krug | Posted 09.16.2013 | Parents
Jamie Krug

I need to remind myself that we are neither making nor breaking her with each parenting decision we make. And that sometimes, she is less fragile than I give her credit for and stronger than I ever thought.

Sibling Sadists vs. Schoolyard Bullies: Equal at Last!

Jeanne Safer, Ph.D. | Posted 09.15.2013 | Parents
Jeanne Safer, Ph.D.

Why didn't anyone figure out until now that bullying starts at home, that the same kids who torment their classmates practiced on their siblings?

Sibs Versus Onlies

Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH | Posted 09.07.2013 | Books
Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH

I've always wanted kids and lots of them. I love the chaos and the unpredictability and the large noisy dinners.

Overreacting to an Embargo: No, Not Iran, But the Sibling Bullying Study

Avidan Milevsky | Posted 08.26.2013 | Media
Avidan Milevsky

Although I always enjoy when sibling issues make it to the front page, the media reaction to this study has been counterproductive. The impact of sibling fighting, and how parents should approach this topic, is much more complex than what appears on a press release.

Is Sibling 'Bullying' As Harmful As Peer Bullying?

Deborah Temkin | Posted 08.20.2013 | Parents
Deborah Temkin

Defining all aggression as bullying becomes problematic in trying to fully understand the behavior and find effective ways to prevent it.

Summer, Siblings, and Coping With Disability

Varda Epstein | Posted 08.19.2013 | Parents
Varda Epstein

Summer vacation is just around the bend. But for parents of children with learning and other disabilities, the term is relative. One parent's summer vacation may be another parent's busiest time of the year -- or even a nightmare come to life.

This Is 5 and 2: Time Is on Our Side

Jenn Horton | Posted 08.11.2013 | Parents
Jenn Horton

As parents, we often say, "How did this happen?" when we talk about our kids growing up. What's next is always, so suddenly, now. It feels like the definition of bittersweet.

A Sibling for My Child

Caren Chesler | Posted 07.31.2013 | Parents
Caren Chesler

We sometimes regret not having another child because we deprived Eddie of a sibling. We try to fill the void by running around with him, hiding behind trees, kicking balls, playing tag, but it's tiring. My husband and I are close to 50. We don't always have the stamina to be his siblings.

Nursery School Relics

Anna Sandler | Posted 07.23.2013 | Parents
Anna Sandler

All these things were in Molly's nursery school classroom day in and day out, and of course, amongst the bustle of a hurried pick-up on the way to a dentist appointment, were the most mundane things in the world. Now, they became instantly, and overwhelmingly, touching.