Tag: siblings

“One Thing I Don’t Like About Autism.”

We’ve been pretty open with both our children about Autism since our daughter was first diagnosed, about 2 1/2 years ago.  At first, we talked about it in terms of similarities and differences.  We are all “different” and have different things we’re good at, and struggle with.  Noah is only 15 months older than his

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An Only Child Learning How to Raise Sisters

I’ve always said that I’ll consider myself a successful mom if my children grow up to be kind and compassionate human beings. With this goal in mind, I’ve been quite dismayed to witness the indifference and sometimes aggression that my three year old has had towards her baby sister. When the baby was born we

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From Carefree to Velcro: Celebrating the Differences Between Siblings

When I was pregnant with our second child, I found myself imagining what this new little baby would be like. Would she have the same personality as her older sister? Would she be just as good of a sleeper? I certainly did not expect her to be a cookie cutter replica of our first daughter, but

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But which one of us is your ACTUAL favorite, Mom?

The other day, I got the question I’d been dreading for some time. No, not that question, but one that is almost equally hard to answer. At bedtime, I told my older son, “Mommy loves you so much! Good night!” and he responded with, “Do you love me more than anything else?” “Of course!” I replied.

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The Grass is Always Greener: When Your Children are Opposites

  My sons started their lives out quite similarly. They were both close in size at birth (8lbs 15oz, and 8lbs 10oz), born in the same hospital, a bit jaundiced at first, and both nursed constantly for nearly the same number of months. That, my friends, is where the similarities end. If my kids are

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Big Sister Is Watching You

Today is kind of a macabre milestone: it’s the day I have officially lived longer than my father. So I’ve been thinking a lot about The Nukes – my Original Nuclear Family. The Nukes consisted of my father, who was a salesman of many different products, mostly home improvement services; my mother, who was a

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