Tag Archives: siblings

Being a Big Sister

10 Apr

Hawaii Hylland ThreeAny parent-to-be can’t help but worry (at least a little) about the great unknown of transitioning from one child to two.

In addition to logistics like sleeping arrangements, meltdown management, and nap juggling, there are the uncertainties of adding another person into the family dynamic.

As one parent explained it, you’re not just adding one child, you’re adding three relationships (mom-kid, dad-kid, and kid-kid). Mind you, that’s in addition to shaking up the three relationships you’ve already established…

But even with all that uncertainty hanging in the ether, my heart sings with the promise of two magical little words:
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Love and Difference

15 Jul
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Photo by Wendi Gratz, Flickr Creative Commons

How do we reconcile love and difference? It’s a question we all must confront at some point or other, whether as fellow citizens, friends, siblings, daughters, sons, spouses, or parents.

Particularly as parents. How we face this question doesn’t just affect us. It sculpts those born toΒ trust in our guidance, love,Β and example.

As Jim Sinclair, a prominent Autism activist, points out:

Photo by Petra Gagilas, Flickr Creative Commons

Photo by Petra Gagilas, Flickr Creative Commons

“A lot of the time, the question of parenthood is: What do we validate in our kids, and what do we ‘cure’ in them … When parents say, ‘I wish my child did not [X],’ what they’re really saying is, ‘I wish the child I have did not exist, Continue reading