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The very simple fact is that each and every one of us will be drawn to have a close relationship with one person, and perhaps not another.
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We have all been waiting impatiently for this day.
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Rough play helps stimulate the brain and enables siblings to develop both cognitive and emotional intelligence. After all, when one pins the other to the ground, they are learning to read facial expressions and interpret body language. They are also learning about fairness and developing fledgling conflict resolution skills.
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You see, our son is adopted and we know that regardless of whether he is biological to us or not, love does not recognize a difference. So, my husband and I knew that regardless of whether our second child was biological or not, we would love them just as a fiercely and intensely.
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With every new life experience the gap between us continues to fade... Even though the distance separates us physically, our bond is stronger than ever. I treasure our long chats about everything and nothing at all. I treasure the time we do have together. Each moment is a gift. But, most of all, I treasure you. My big sis. You are my constant, my rock, my sounding board, my very best friend.
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Siblings can be our best friends or our worst enemies. I've heard of one sibling giving up a kidney for another; being a surrogate for another one's pregnancy, or giving another sibling the down-payment for a house. So what makes one sibling loving and the other hurtful? Mostly, it comes down to what happened during childhood.
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A few weekends ago, while we were at my parents' home, my oldest child asked me if I had a sister. I wasn't quite sure how to answer her. Yes, I do have a sister, and I've had her for 33 years. But no, we don't see each other and we don't speak to each other.
No part of me regrets the decision I made to be an egg donor but I regret how I went about it and the contract I locked myself into. I regret not requesting an open donation. I did not understand the gravity of my decisions. I believed I was mature and now I look back and feel like I was just a kid. That psychological screening, many years ago, had "screened" a version of myself I could no longer relate to. I had no way of knowing that egg donation would impact my life the way it did.
Siblings can actually be pretty cute.
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Even though I knew it would be pretty stressful to go to IKEA with two toddlers, I just needed one item -- a picture frame -- and we were driving right by it. RIGHT BY. So I turned, even though I hadn't been planning to, and I parked in the underground parking lot, and we headed to IKEA.
My children, like many lucky kids, have an amazing auntie. She's the kind of aunt who comes along on road trips, takes my kids for the weekend, buys thoughtful gifts, and organizes living-room dance parties whenever she's over. My children love their Auntie Katy, and my husband (her brother) and I need her.
Many parents worry about how the new baby will change the family dynamic that everyone is used to. These are some things we did before and during those first few weeks that I think helped make that transition a success.
If you are the parent of twins or triplets, you know that while your children share genes and a birthday, they don't share a personality. In fact, they are usually quite opposite! Why is this? To answ...