this parenting caper : siblings

posted on: Thursday, July 26, 2012


Did you grow up with brothers and sisters?


I know it is way too early to call it, but when I look at our kiddos I can not imagine how they could ever fall out with each other. I know it could happen, but I just can't imagine it -- they light up around each other and I can see that everything is more fun for them when the others are around. (Although that wasn't the case at first.)


I honestly feel so lucky to witness their friendship and feel certain that they'll be around for each other when we're old and gone, if only because... well, why wouldn't they?


So today I'm wondering, are you close to your siblings? Or if you have wee ones, are they close to each other? What do you think makes for good (or bad) sibling relationships? I'd love to hear!

19 comments:

  1. What amazing shots! LOVE!
    S&R are thick as thieves! Its is the cutest thing in the world. My favorite part of the day is watching them play... R just does whatever S tells her... to a point then R shows her independance. S tells everyone that R is her bff. Melts my heart.

    Cannot wait to see them as each other's maid/matron of honor in their weddings in 25 years. ;0)

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    1. sounds like they are so gorgeous with each other marla. I am v curious to see what miss rose does when her brother starts to boss her. the preschooler is definitely the most, err, directive, of all the kiddos so far. the teen is v laid back.

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  2. I was kind of close with my sister until I hit 15, she was 13 at the time & become boring, hanging with my friends/boyfriend was much more fun, She pushed me even more once I had my first daughter& moved out, she was 16 at the time I guess change was hard for her. Now we can actually hang out with out me killing her.

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    1. I have friends that are brother & sister & they hang all the time going bowling, watching tv & normal stuff.

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    2. that's so interesting victoria. it seems like lots of siblings go through stages where they need to forge their own paths then sometimes become pals again.

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  3. also, another general question for y'all: how much influence do you think parents have in how kiddos get along? do you have techniques for encouraging harmony between your wee ones? or do you think it's best to leave them to sort things out between themselves? I'm so curious...

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  4. My husband and his sister, though two years appart are like twins. We call them the Matt and Jane show because of their crazy sibling banter- never ending ! Meanwhile my siblings left home young so I missed out on some of that, although we are getting closer now.

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    1. that's lovely andrea. I can imagine the preschooler and the lady having a fun relationship like that. I had half siblings that didn't live with us so I missed out on that when I was young too.

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  5. my daughters are 5 1/2 and 2 1/2. My baby boy is 6 months. Both girls LOVE the baby. My oldest has such a nurturing relationship with the baby. My 2 year old just likes to talk to him and make sure his needs or met but she's kind of in her own 2 year old world.

    my daughters love each other and play a lot together but in recent months have begun to argue a lot! So hoping it's just a phase. I'm still thankful to have the 3 children. They have added so much to our lives.

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    1. fingers crossed it's just a phase! I love having 3 kiddos too. it feels like perfect number for us :)

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  6. My goodness your babies are beautiful, love these happy candid shots.
    I think the same thing when I look at my boys together... and I think to myself please let them be great mates forever.
    Siblings are so very important, I think. I had six older brothers and though we rarely get together these days, when we do, it's awesome. I love them all very much.
    xo

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    1. thank you julie!
      that's wonderful to hear about your 6 (ohmy!) older brothers. bet they love having you for their little sister too.

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  7. So wonderful!! Isn't it sort of sad to think they're going to grow up:( I hate thinking about it, but I'm sure yours will be close! I DO think it has a lot to do with the parents. When I think of the families I know that are those famously close knit bunch, it seems like the parents work really hard to create that for them. It seems like to me most of these families have a common thread of getting together/doing fun activities/hosting family stuff ect. all the time.

    Gosh, I hope mine are too! Tate doesn't really play with the boys since she's 4 years older, but she sure does love on them & think they're adorable! I'm guessing kids with a bigger age gap have more of an admiration/protective relationship, and kids closer in age have a more play-together/relatable relationship.

    I am really close to my siblings, we all talk almost every day! Is that weird?

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    1. not weird -- awesome! I hope we can be like those families you described. I guess a big part of (everyone enjoying each other) is finding stuff to do that everyone enjoys? we have family movie nights and go away a few times a year. I hope these continue to be fun times as the littles grow older.

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  8. I have an older brother (by 16 mon.), and a younger sister by 2 1/2 years. I loved growing up with siblings close to my age and am still entertained by the childhood memories that we share. My two boys now (20 mon. apart) are great buds. Very different, but very much in tune with one another. I love watching them interact together.

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    1. oh the memories! I love reminiscing. your boys sound like great little friends already :)

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  9. Gorgeous photos! They look very connected. I also love witnessing Joys eyes light up when Skye is around and how Skye loves to make her smile. Just responding to your next questions...I do a little bit of brainwashing here...ie. "Joy loves you so much", "Skye loves you too Joy" etc. But I can tell there's a natural relationship building ever so sweetly too. x

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    1. thanks nicole. I do that too (about the brainwashing) but I also believe it, so that makes it true, right? ;)

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  10. This is so sweet. How I wish to have another baby...

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