Sibling Issues

When a new member of the family arrives, sibling issues are prone to arise. Here you'll learn how to help a big brother or sister adjust to their new sibling and ensure a smooth transition for everyone.

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My Older Child Isn't Bonding With Her Baby Sibling, How Do I Encourage Her to Care?

We all hope our children will be "more than siblings," and have true friendships. But there's only so much we can do. Parents.com's "Ask Your Mom" columnist, Emily Edlynn, Ph.D., says for young children with a baby sibling, they need plenty of time, attention, and connection to feel secure in their big sibling role.

How to Help Your Kid Deal With the Disappointment of Not Having a Sibling

Kids may ask for a younger sister or brother at various phases of life. Here's how to support them through the disappointment of not having a sibling when they really want one.

My Daughter Grew Up Before My Eyes When She Became a Big Sister, and I Wasn't Ready

My 3-year-old went from being a baby to a big kid right when I walked through the front door with my newborn. She was ready to be a big sister, but it was a transition I learned that I wasn't prepared for.

Firstborn Children Are More Intelligent Than Their Younger Siblings, Study Suggests

"With each subsequent child, parents tend to relax to a greater extent what they might deem as non-essential needs for their kids," a researcher told Today.

Moms Share Best and Worst Ways to Prepare Your Child for a New Baby

Your cozy little threesome is about to become a party of four. Even though you’ve been psyching up your child for the big change, you might feel a little (okay, a lot) worried about the disruption that’s about to happen. Here, real moms of two or more share helpful tips, funny moments, and honest mistakes they made along the way.
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What to Know About Older, Younger, and Middle Child Personalities

The only child has trouble sharing, the oldest is bossy, the baby always gets what he wants, and the middle child is—well, stuck in the middle. Are these merely stereotypes, or is there some truth to birth order differences?