SIBLINGS: 5 (Surprisingly) Pleasant Effects of Growing Up With Them!

  I grew up with 2 siblings, both sisters. Those days were filled with moments that range from intense battles over ‘who gets to sleep with mommy today’ to ‘standing up for my sister’ fighter moments. Obviously, we were hardly contemplating the importance of having siblings- it was more about sibling rivalry then!...more

3 Unbelievable Steps to Lessen the Blow of Sibling Rivalry

I’m not sure if you’ve ever experienced sibling rivalry, but I sure have. Let me set the scene for you: we were in Amber’s bedroom. Del, Amber, Jaymon, and I were hanging out. They spent the afternoon together, and even had dinner. Somehow, on the way home, Del managed to annoy his sisters like only he can do. Wait for it. Yep, sibling rivalry is on the way. ...more

Did I Really Sign Up for THIS?

 I sometimes sit here and I wonder to myself, "What the hell were you thinking when you decided to have children?" Ever have one of those days?My 14 year-old has decided all of a sudden that he is a man, he does not have to do chores, he does not have to listen to anything we (his parents or his teachers) tell him and can basically do whatever the hell he wants....more

A to Z Challenge: On Dillon

I don't have children... I have dogs.  And, I always scoffed at the thought that you could love one child more than the other.  Seriously, they're your kids.  You love them equally, right?...more

Matching Outfits: Which Sister Wore It Better?

If you ever want to really piss off sisters who are two and a half years apart, just dress them alike....more

Why Every Parent Needs A Segregation Policy

Now that I’ve got your attention, let’s talk segregation.  Sibling segregation, that is.  I love each of my children equally, but right now I just don’t love them TOGETHER.  It’s the Bickersons at my house every day, every night.  They just can’t seem to get along.  It’s pick, pick, pick by my daughter until she gets a rise out of her brother.  It’s a bossy boots brother screaming at his sister to not touch his stuff an...more

You can Enjoy a Family Vacation without Drama, Weapons, or Lawsuits

  I recently joined my adult children and their families on a wonderful trip to the Oregon Coast. This is a remarkable achievement for me because I have two brothers within a day's drive of my home and we would rather eat rancid snot than spend an hour with each other....more

How Young Do You Start Working on Sibling Rivalry?

How to best prepare a needy two year old for the arrival of a new baby?photocredit...more

Spring into Family Improvements with Compliment Day

You can find serenity in having compliment day with your family. Sometimes, when there is more than one child in a family, sibling rivalry occurs and the children will bicker and argue with each other. Often when that bickering and arguing occurs, it tends to drive a mother off the ledge into insanity. Or perhaps that is just at my house. I am the mother of four children ranging in age from 17 to 5....more