Questions tagged [siblings]

Siblings describe any two or more family members with a common parent or are adopted by and live under the guardianship of the same parent.

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How to make a 3.5-year-old stop deliberately waking up her 1-year-old sister?

We've got two daughters of 3.5 (B) and 1 (L) years, respectively. B's behaviour is sometimes a bit reminiscent of what was described in someone else's earlier question. The particular issue/situation ...
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Where to turn for help when my 12-year-old granddaughter won’t leave her 10-year-old sister alone?

I have two granddaughters, one turns 12 in August, the other is 10 years old and is small for her age (she was a prem baby). Her parents are divorced since the older child was 5 and the dad has a new ...
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How to make my 15-year-old daughter want to meet her 39-year-old sister?

Background 39 years ago, a good friend and I had sex and she got pregnant just before I went into the Navy. After three months, I came back from boot camp. I found out she also had slept with my best ...
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How do I discipline a 14-year-old girl without pushing her away?

I have a 14-year-old sister who my grandmother and I are gaining custody of. I don't doubt my grandmother's ability to take care of and discipline my sister the way she should be, but she and I are ...
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What to do about my 14-year-old sister being out of control and selfish? [closed]

I'm 20 years old and have a 14-year-old sister. We've been having a step father for 12 years, she's never known any different. We all used to get on perfectly. She's always been a really good student. ...
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How to make a 3-year-old stop hitting her 8-month-old brother?

Recently, my 3-year-old daughter started hitting her 8-month-old baby brother. It started a few weeks ago, and is getting more and more common. So far everything we've tried, we've been unable to ...
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How to enable my 2.5-year-old to read after going to bed when he shares a room with my 1-year-old?

My 2.5-year-old son likes to read. We put him down early enough that he is often awake for 30 minutes or so before falling asleep. I would like to enable him to read on his own for a bit to pass the ...
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What to do about our toddler fully regressing with sleep and acting out after we got a baby?

We have a 2.5-year-old child. Our toddler was colic for the first 6 months, then slept like a champ - seeming to make up for his past indiscretions as an infant ;) At 2 we transitioned him to a "big ...
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How should I guide my younger brother in the right way?

I am 21 years old and have a 12 year old brother. What I have noticed is that he is not a nerdy kind of a student and also, he doesn't score well. I understand that not all kids are completely into ...
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How to dress kids for the unpleasant weather?

This is regarding my 5-year-old little sister Leah and her school friends that come to ours in the morning to walk to school with her. When it's raining heavily which it can do a lot in Ireland, and ...
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How deal with rude and hateful attitude of the younger sibling when you are to advice them in a good context? [closed]

When you have not much success in your career or studies and try to save your younger sibling from the bad company or anything that can ruin his life, then he starts hating you. How to deal with this ...
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How to handle my 8-year-old sister's nightmares?

I am not a parent myself, but I have been responsible for a big part in the rising of my sister. We have an age gap of 13 years, which creates a fun but complicated relationship between us. She knows ...
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How to help 3-year-old stop playing so hard with 1-year-old?

My 3.5 year old son most of the time loves his 1 year old sister a lot. However, he can get very aggressive in playing with her, sometimes treating her more like a doll than a person. Examples ...
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How to stop 5-year-old hitting?

My 5-year-old sons' behaviour has deteriorated over the last 9 months but mostly in the last 4 months has it been more noticeable. He will hit and lash out at both myself and my partner's children ...
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How to stop my 5-year-old from being very combative to my 2-year-old?

I am a single mother of 2 boys. My 5-year-old is very combative to my non-verbal 2-year-old. Earlier today he said he "hated" his brother. He is constantly mean to my baby! Just right after I got to ...
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How to make my 15-year-old sister stop stealing money?

My younger sister is 15 years old. We grow up in a single parent family. She has the bad habit of stealing money, which began when she was very young and still continues. We punished her - sometimes ...
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How can I help my mother realize her harmful behavior towards my brother?

My 20-year-old brother has some bahavioral problems which cause significant stress to me and my parents. He is short tempered and can not take suggestions even when politely expressed. He turns ...
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How to react when two toddlers fight over the same toy?

Your children are playing happily. Suddenly, you hear them yelling and notice that they both grab on to the same toy and fight over it. You don't know who "had it first" and, thus, has some kind of "...
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What should I do if my mother belittles me?

I see an unpleasant situation between my younger sisters, V - 8 and K - 2 years, where V is guilty. I try to teach V and say that she is not right but then my mother starts speaking from another ...
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How to explain to a toddler why she doesn't have siblings?

My husband and I have decided not to have more children, which would make our currently 10 month old daughter an only child. While we obviously have our (adult) reasons for this decision, I am ...
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Between parents and marijuana smoking sister

I live in the UK with my sister, who has been smoking marijuana for about a year now. I have known for a large part of that time. She smokes relatively often, however not enough that it's a major risk ...
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Son chooses what my daughter chose then gets upset he doesn't get it

We have a nearly 5 year old boy and a 2 year old girl. Our son has gotten in the habit of, when we ask them both to choose something, waiting for his sister to choose then immediately choosing the ...
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Activities that can engage two children of difference ages

I have two sons aged 6 and 3. I am separated from their mother but I have them 2/3 weekends and half of school holidays. My eldest son has some behavioural problems, he isn't coping with the ...
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How is my relationship with the siblings of my kid with special medical needs?

I have 3 kids. Boys ages 9 and 7, and a daughter age 4. Early in her life she was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder that has been causing varied complications in her life. Her mental capabilities ...
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Evidence that kids from big families are happier and better-functioning

I have for a long time believed that kids with many siblings are happier and better-adjusted personally and socially, and that these outcomes increase with the number of siblings. Are there indeed any ...
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My sister is talking to a guy way older than she is - should I let her? [closed]

I am 28 years old and my sister is 20 years old. She is talking to a guy who is 31 years old. Should I let her date the guy or should I stop her? From talking to him when she told me about him I got ...
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How to tell my mother that the way she handled my little brother's try to hurt a kid disappoints me?

My little brother is 7 years old, and he along with two other kids were on our trampoline out back. The girl who was with them is 8 years old and told my brother to push the other boy off the ...
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6 year old daughter's friend chronically mean to my 7 year old daughter

My 7 and 6 year old daughters (Alyssa and Alex respectively) are very loving, caring and generally considerate toward one another. Notwithstanding normal little spats and being highly competitive and ...
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How to deal with sibling/child who doesn't contribute and is stressing out their parents whom they live with?

Context/Story I have a sibling who's stressed/saddened their parents whom they live with, with their lifestyle. Communication is poor to nigh non-existant between parties involved. (1 parent felt ...
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Which pitfalls should I watch out for when dealing with my half-sister who hasn't been aware of my existence for 25 years? [closed]

I've been adopted at early age and have no recollection of my biological parents. My adoptive parents have told me at a young age that I was adopted. Because this fact became integrated into my life ...
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Older sibling demands more attention

So our little guy turned 2 today. We took him and his 4.5 year old brother out to breakfast and the zoo. After nap we opened some presents and played for a bit. After dinner we did singing and cake. ...
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Do my parents hate me?

I think my parents hate me. They love my younger brother who is three years younger than me ( I am 18 ). They appreciate whatever he does. They appreciate whatever he says. Even when I say something ...
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4 year old giving “bad advice” to his 16-month old sister

Our 4 year old son has gotten into the habit of giving his 16-month old sister "bad advice". Some examples: At dinner, she pushes her plate away. He'll start egging her on "push it off the table! ...
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My three year old wants everything my five year old is playing with

My three-year-old wants whatever my five-year-old is playing with. He will throw a tantrum if he does not get it, and we find ourselves relying on his older sister to diffuse the situation by "being a ...
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How to read to a 4-year old and a 2-year old at the same time

I often have to do the bedtime routine for our two children on my own (they go to bed at the same time). They each choose a book and I read to them together, but the older (4 years) frequently ...
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How can I get my children to develop a half sibling relationship

I have an 11 year old daughter, and her dad and I have been divorced since she was 5. I met a man when she was 7 and him and I eventually moved in together. We have had a son who is now 1.5 years old....
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What to do about my almost 5-year-old always having to be first in everything or else crying and fighting?

I have 3 children. The oldest one, a girl, is turning 5 in 2 months, her brother just turned 4, and the little one just turned 1. The oldest one will literally push her brother out the way to get in ...
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What to do about my son constantly hurting and using demeaning words to my daughter?

I have a 6-year-old son and an 8-year-old daughter. She is constantly being pinched, pushed, shoved, kicked and her hair is pulled by him. This is amongst a consistent flow of put downs and always ...
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Make my firstborn adapt to baby [duplicate]

I have a lovely little boy that just passed the 1 year mark. I am blessed with such a child and am enjoying being a dad everyday. Now my second child is underway and while I am happy that they are ...
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Out of control sibling

I'm a 17 year old student, in their last year of high school and under shared custody of my parents. I have 2 siblings, a 14 year old sister and a 16 year old brother. For nearly my whole life, I've ...
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How to make our 18-month-old twins stop biting?

I have 18 months old twin girls who recently started to bite, both their sister and us. It's not like when they were teething, it's an aggressive move. We've tried to talk to them explaining that it'...
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Watching movies 7yr old and 5yr old

The two are practically inseparable and we have what seems like an unsolvable dilemma: we want to allow the 7yr old to watch, for example, Star Wars but feel it's not adequate for a 5yr old. How ...
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How can I encourage my 3-year old daughter to respond to her younger brother's affection

My daughter is 3.5 years old and, naturally, sometimes has tantrums, gets upset and frustrated, and wants a hug. Her brother (22 months) adores her and, imitating us, will often try to hug her or give ...
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How can parents prevent middle child syndrome?

A child can develop Middle Child Syndrome when feeling left out by the family. It can easily be caused by parents being too involved with the older and younger siblings and not making enough time with ...
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How to deal with jealous and stubborn twin girls?

I have 19mo old twin girls. Recently we have been noticing a change in their behavior to each other. They are jealous to each other about getting our attention. Whenever we are near, they fight with ...
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how to deal with my sister

I have a sister 8 years younger than me (18) years old. My Mom and I have always tried to do the best for her and support her, however she is really rude to all my family members. She doesn't respect ...
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What to do if your threaten be your older sister! [closed]

So I was in my home doing nothing but making some updates to my wifi network when my sister came and something happened between my sister,mother and I my sister 17 year old and me 13 year old went out ...
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Is it better for siblings to meet at a young age?

My children are 3 and 18 months, their siblings from another father are 6, 7 and 8. They have never met each other. Is it better for them to meet now or to wait until they are teenagers or adults? ...
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How to read one book to two children on different levels at the same time

We have 3 children so they outnumber us. Part of our bedtime routine involves book time. Once upon a time, this meant Mr. Dad reads to one kid and Mrs. Mom reads to the other. That's not really an ...
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How to deal with older sibling taking after the younger - toddler?

We have a lovely 4,5 year old boy who's learned to be independent in many daily activities (e.g. eating, getting dressed up, taking a shower (supervised)...). Until recently he's generally been acting ...