Parents often plan how many kids to have based on the number of children they think they can handle. Sometimes, that number is influenced by their own childhoods or by seeing how the children of relatives or friends behave. What parents usually fail to consider is what a healthy relationship with brothers and sisters gives a child. Almost from the time of our birth, we share with siblings our most intimate thoughts, ideas, and dreams. Together, we explore, collaborate, conspire, and protect. We goad each other to do both good and bad things. We play together, torment each other at times, counsel each other, and comfort one another. For better or for worse, our brothers and sisters become a large part of who we are.
In this week’s video, I discuss why brothers and sisters can be a blessing.