Is Sibling Rivalry Another Name for Love?

Three blended families share their sibling stories, and advice on how to have more love and less fighting.

Hear stories about siblings in blended families from parents who've been there and dealt with the rivalry.
If your home sometimes sounds more like a battlefield than a playground, take comfort in a recent poll, in which one-third of parents reported that the relationship between their children "shifts between truce and war." Seven percent described their kids as the "worst of enemies," while twenty-five percent admitted that relationships "occasionally get mean-spirited." Only one-third of respondents reported that their children are "best of friends." Now, add the complexities of adoption to the mix: delayed bonding, transracial or ...

In these three blended families, love and conflict are all part of the package.


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