Boy, 11, Disconnects From Family After Half Sister's Birth

Dear AdviceMama, I was hospitalized for a month after having a new baby girl, and during that time my 11-year-old son, who was looked after by his stepdad (my husband), started getting into trouble at school. Now his grades are also slipping. I'm ...It's easy to see that your son may be struggling to figure out where he fits in to this new family.
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Can I Give My Daughters the "Same" Name?

My 2-year-old daughter's name is Elizabeth. Since Isabella is the Spanish version of the name Elizabeth, should I not name my new baby Isabella? The two names sound and look completely different to me, but will this create a lifelong problem for my...Don't we all create lifelong problems for our children?

Kids Fighting? Don't Send Them to Their Rooms - Teach Them to Get Along

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It's standard operating procedure for a parent with fighting kids: If you're feeling particularly energetic, you stop to figure out who did what and maybe even who started it (or not), and then you send...

One Sibling Hits Another - How Bad?

"How should a parent take sides when a younger child is hitting his or her older sibling -- and "don't hit" doesn't always work? How can we make sibling hitting stop once and for all?" When siblings are hitting each other, the mom feels punche...

Little Girl Fashion, Bickering Kids, and More - Links We Love

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Staying home and skipping that vacation to save money this summer? Here's a new clever name for your staycation (and some tips): Non Voyage! -- Lil Sugar Remember that summertime fa...

10-Year Old Arrested for Fighting With Sister

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For the most part, growing up with a sister close to my own age meant always having a friend close by. She was someone I could play with, confide in, and side with against our older brother....

Tooth Fairy, Chandra Wilson, and Brain Injury Signs - Links We Love

Got a kid who's misbehaving? Could be a sign that what they need is not more punishment, but more love. -- PBS Supersisters Formula is expensive, that's for sure. But a leading pediatrician reminds parents that it's better for baby when you buy th...

Which child is your favorite?

Do you have a favorite child? I don't mean at this moment -- you know, because one of them is having a bad day and is driving you nuts -- I mean always, consistently, day in and day out. Do you like one of your children more than the other(s)? Do you...

Moms and dads spend more quality time with firstborn

When my firstborn headed off to preschool this year, I looked forward to some one-on-one time with my two-year-old. Though we spend lots of quality time together as a family, before preschool, time alone with my baby was a rare occurrence. Those firs...

Brooke Shields daughter gets possessive

Generally the source of a child's possessiveness toward a parent is the addition of a new baby or significant other to the family, but Brooke Shields' daughter Rowan was slammed with a double emotional whammy. Not only was she jealous that her mother...

The Preschooler and the Princess: Bringing baby home

Life with two has been an interesting ride so far. I remember pondering ideal age gaps here on this site, and the 32 months between my kids seems to be pretty good, though getting pregnant when he turned two? Well, I might recommend otherwise. I g...

Image of the Day: Brotherly love

It's not always easy being a big brother to a chubby-cheeked younger sister. Baby sisters are loud and sometimes cranky, but this big brother does a stellar job of showing love for his wee sibling. It is moments like these that parents remember forev...

Siblings cause depression?

I've long wondered if my 3-year-old daughter would be better-off with a little brother or sister. A recent study, however, says that having siblings can be a double-edged sword. As noted by Brian White on our partner blog, That's Fit, "If you have si...

When Mom likes one baby better

Love her or loathe her, Stephanie Klein is not afraid to be totally honest about issues that many of us would shrink away from. I happen to love her, I think it takes guts to expose your underbelly along with your heart, and I think she has a unique...

Life with just one child, it seems so peaceful

Friday night my two younger children were with their father for the weekend. My oldest, Loren, spent the night with me in an effort to find some peace and quiet in the hours before he took the SSAT test on Saturday. We had dinner, had a real conversa...


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