brothers 

Should Brother and Sister Share a Bedroom?

From birth through high school, my sister and I shared a bedroom while our brother enjoyed his own room down the hall. We resented his good fortune but never questioned the idea that he, as a boy, should not be sharing a room with us. Brothers and si...

One is the happiest number?

When I was growing up, just about every kid I knew had two siblings. My best friend, the kids I went to school with, and the neighbor kids were all growing up with two other kids in their house. I don't know where this three-kid quota came from, but ...

Two brothers, two babies

"I'd have liked to have settled down with a nice man first but it didn't happen. I was ready to have a baby anyway." So says Elizabeth Rawling of Bristol, England. The only thing is, she's not a thirty-something professional with a good job and a hom...

Your older brother makes you angry (but not your older sister)

If you have an older brother, chances are you're a more aggressive person than you would've been if you'd had a sister instead. That's the news from Brian White on our partner site, That's Fit. He points out a recent survey that found that children...

Fall into the gap

My wife and I never really planned to have kids. We did not sit at a circular table after we were married to map out a strategic plan of our lives. One day, almost six years ago, Steph just told me that she was thinking of going off the pill. Sure th...

Twins pics on Slate!!!

This slide show of photos was simply too cute to not share with you. It's all pictures of twins! Some of the pictures are pretty old, which makes them all the more fascinating. Some of them are simply so beautiful they must be viewed. I don't kno...

Simple summer fun with vinegar and baking soda volcanoes

Yesterday my two boy, ages 14 and almost 3, were kicking about the house and nagging me while I was trying to work. We have rid out home of the cable television, they had already read books and the older one has lost his computer privileges for the w...

Postcards from four years old: the stubborn chronicles

My four-year-old, Everett, is stubborn. Not just stubborn in the sense of, I'll wear my Batman sweatshirt with the wings to your holiday party and there's nothing you can do about it! No, that's our friend's son, Jackson. Everett is stubborn in ways ...

Postcards from four years old: how life has changed

I clicked on someone's blog tonight, a mom who lives near me. She was feeling mom-ed out, ready to re-realize herself as not just a mommy blogger. I respect her and love her and even relate to where she is as a mom but: not me. A few clicks later I ...

Siblings: how do you negotiate the inevitable toy battles?

Now that Truman is old enough to develop some likes and loves and loves to licks, he's been into his brother's toys like a bear into a box of doughnuts. That is to say, he destroys them with his baby love. And Everett isn't so jazzed about the whole ...

Blogging baby book: playing together

Now that my youngest son is eight-and-a-half months, I'm starting to get impatient. I want him to start playing with his big brother and give me little peace already! But, coincidentally, three-and-a-half seems to be an age that carries a lot of need...

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