Nurturing Sibling Relationships

When my oldest daughter was 7 and her little sister was 5, I told them they could go swimming after finishing a page of homework. After a while, my 5-year-old raised two pages of work up in the air and proudly proclaimed, "We can go swimming now!...It warms a parent's heart to see love between siblings.

Two Sisters Rule When it Comes to Family Harmony, Study Finds

Two sisters make for the most harmonious family life. Credit: Getty Images
There may be something to the old schoolyard chant "Girls rule, boys drool!"
The U.K. website Bounty reports that it studied 2,116 families with different co...
A report shows that two girls makes "for the most harmonious family life as they are unlikely to fight, will play nicely and are generally a pleasure to be around."

Only Children Happier Than Those With Siblings

When you're an only child, there's no older brother to beat you up. Credit: Getty Images Whoever said that one is the loneliest number must have had a lot of brothers and sisters, because new research shows only children are happier tha...Whoever said that one is the loneliest number must have had a lot of brothers and sisters, because new research shows that only children are happier than those who have siblings.
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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?

Baby Shower Party for Siblings

Involve your older child with your baby shower plans. Credit: Getty Images
Clearly, the guest of honor at any baby shower party is the mother-to-be. But if the new baby will have siblings, it's important to include them in the festivities, too....

Big or Little, Sisters Help Ward off Depression

Sisters Serena and Venus Williams are partners on and off the court. Credit: Anja Niedringhaus/AP
She may be bossy or annoying and she might steal your clothes, but having a sister, whether older or younger, helps kids ward off the blues. A re...

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

Give peace a chance. Credit: Getty Images
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...

In Down Economy, Only-Child Families on the Rise

The myth of the "lonely only" has been debunked. Credit: Getty Images
If you're the parent of a "lonely only," you may feel pretty lonely yourself amidst a sea of parents with more than one child. But fret not -- only-child families are on th...

Baby Nursery and Big Kid Room: Tips for Sharing a Room

Prepare your older child to share his room with the new baby. Credit: Getty
Sometimes kids have to share a bedroom, but what can you do to help your toddler turn his room into one that also serves as a baby nursery for his new brother or sist...

3 Tips for Adopting a Better Bedtime Routine

Bedtime. It can be the best of times, and it can be the worst of times. Often, after a full day of activities together, it cannot come soon enough. But as many parents will tell you, the calming, quiet routines we share with our children as we settle...

Siblings Have As Much Effect On Children As Parents?

Siblings can teach each other how to be "cool." Credit: jupiterimages
If the apple doesn't fall far from the tree, it also doesn't fall very far from the other apples. Translation: Brothers and sisters have as much effect on people as their pa...

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...

Three Kids, Same Birthday, Different Years

It sure makes planning a birthday party easier -- one Utah family has three children who share a birthday. And no, they aren't triplets. Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Emily and Eric Thompson of Midval...

John And Jack: Can Sibling Names Be Too Close?

Dear Name Lady: I have a 2-year-old son named John. We just found out that we're expecting another boy, and my husband and I really want to name him Jack. I come from the generation where Jack is Jack and John is John, but others see them as one...

'The Kids Are All Right' Sibling Authors Say Being Separated Was Worse Than Parents' Death

What's quickly apparent about the four Welch siblings in their powerful new memoir, "The Kids Are All Right," is that these are "kids" in age only. Ages 4 to 16 when their father died in a car crash, Amanda, Liz, Dan and Diana Welch learne...


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