The Sibling Connection

Just because they're not biologically related, it doesn't mean they're not brother and sister. As a parent, you can help their sibling relationship thrive.

I’ve always liked Cheri Register’s definition of “siblings” in her book, Are Those Kids Yours? Asked whether her children were “really” brother and sister, she’d respond, “Well, they fight in the back seat.” That’s a remarkably cogent way to deal with a question that is a) none of anyone’s business outside the family and b) loaded with hidden meaning. We’ve all had run-ins with prying individuals, but the second aspect of the “really” question bears closer inspection. Unfortunately, the erroneous ...

Sure, they bicker, they fight, they tease each other mercilessly. But they’re also creating vital relationships that will last a lifetime.


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