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Relationship bridge with older siblings

I've always felt like the odd (wo)man out when it comes to my siblings. Past attempts to address this have not gone over well. We're all regionally co-located again and I'm upset by missing out on another meet up that I would have gleefully attended if invited. What can I do to change this situation? [more inside]
posted by toomanycurls on Nov 6, 2016 - 19 answers

My parents love me, but don't particularly like me

My parents definitely love me, and would reliably do anything for me, no question about it-- but I've always gotten the sense that they don't generally "like" me as a person. I've always kind of felt like the "problem child," even though I'm not trying to get in their way and by most metrics am an all-around "good" kid. Why do I feel this way? Is this even a problem? How can I go about ironing this out? [more inside]
posted by fernweh on Jul 2, 2016 - 34 answers

How do I cope with being the estranged one?

Today my sibling has decided to cut ties with me. I am devastated and at an utter loss on how to handle some of the finer social details. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 22, 2015 - 19 answers

How to stop visiting parents so frequently?

Both my parents and parents-in-laws are in the same city. The same city we're in. We feel overwhelmed with the once-a-week visits. How do we mitigate their expectations that we visit so frequently? A storm of culture-specific and special snowflake details follow. [more inside]
posted by spicytunaroll on Jun 10, 2015 - 31 answers

Spacing between second and third child?

We have two girls, currently 3.75 and 7. We are seriously considering a third, and hope to time his or her arrival around the time our younger is 5.5. How has a larger space between kids or sets of kids worked for you? Did the younger child or children feel a part of the older one's lives? [more inside]
posted by percor on May 26, 2015 - 30 answers

How to cope with problems conceiving a second child?

My lovely toddler's third birthday is rapidly approaching and I am having a hard time with the fact that I haven't managed to get pregnant again. What might help me feel less blue about the fact that he won't have a sibling 2-3 years younger than him (like I had originally hoped)? [more inside]
posted by brambory on Jan 5, 2015 - 37 answers

Perfect storm of familial dysfunctionality--need solutions for sanity

Family dynamics are slowly driving me up the wall, but I can't bear to let things wind destructively. How can I cope without being caught in the storm? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 2, 2015 - 13 answers

Family drama about to come to a head. Help me head it off

I stopped speaking to a family member due to a unhealthy dynamic that had been going on for years now. We're both invited to a family event we both want to attend. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 31, 2014 - 20 answers

Whitewashing a sociopath's actions

My BIL is a sociopath. We don't deal with him. But the parents still do. Therein lies the problem... [more inside]
posted by lost_lettuce on Jun 18, 2014 - 24 answers

How do I handle two siblings ganging up on me? Fun fact: they're 30.

My two older siblings and brother-in-law are beyond irritated with me when all I've been doing is minding my own business and forging my path into adulthood. They are never short of criticisms and any attempts at satisfying them are futile. Things got way out of hand this weekend to the point I am either ousted from future family functions or there will be an awkward vibe/fake niceness. [more inside]
posted by HiphopAnonymous on May 12, 2014 - 34 answers

Nice way to decline sister's baby shower?

My sister with whom I have a strained relationship is having her baby shower on Sunday (yes, Mother's Day) for her baby due in July. I was not super-excited about going, and then my other sister called to say she's not going, and did I want to get together & do something. I do, but I don't know how to decline the invite from the other sister. [more inside]
posted by epersonae on May 8, 2013 - 56 answers

How to arrange family vacation with adult siblings but without parents?

My sister (married, one child) and I (married, no kids) want to plan a joint family vacation. We do not want our parents (divorced, both remarried) to come. Our mom is extremely sensitive/dramatic, and we are hoping to avoid a major meltdown from her. Help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 26, 2013 - 16 answers

Tax implications of being "bought out" of a percentage of a realty trust

My two sisters and I were equal beneficiaries in a realty trust. This past year, my older sister bought my 1/3 share (as well as that of my sister.) According to the legal documents, it was a "transfer of beneficial interest". Other than signing and notarizing the documents to transfer the real estate share, nothing else official occurred and my sister just paid us our fair share of the assessed market value. She is not planning on reporting the transaction. I have no idea if I owe taxes on the money I've received (and will also be receiving this year - it was divided into a few payments) and if so, what kind of tax that might be. [more inside]
posted by nekton on Jan 24, 2013 - 10 answers

How can I get my brother to pluck his unibrow?

How can I get my brother to pluck his unibrow or want to improve his image? He is 25, doesn't maintain his beard/sideburns and has very thick unibrow. He uses a wheelchair and I'm afraid his appearance is giving off the wrong impression. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 18, 2012 - 34 answers

Help a sister out!

How do I make my much younger half-sibling a part of my life? Last week, I found out that my dad's wife is pregnant and due in December. I am 24. Aside from being pretty weirded out, I'm worried that my half-sister will never know who I am. Beanplating inside. [more inside]
posted by easy, lucky, free on Aug 28, 2012 - 26 answers

Half of me breathes in you

I'm looking for songs about siblings that don't have words like sister, brother, or family in the title. Help me out. [more inside]
posted by punchtothehead on May 25, 2012 - 46 answers

Seeking group therapy/support groups/non-profits for family members with brain cysts.

I'm seeking group therapy/support groups/non-profits for family members with brain cysts. [more inside]
posted by melizabeth on Apr 23, 2012 - 3 answers

"We're giving it all to them, but don't worry, they have your best interests at heart!"

My aged parents are planning to cash in all their stocks and put them into an account in my two brothers' names to reduce the amount of money payable in fees to the government upon their demise. They have told me, more or less, not to worry, and not to doubt the good intentions of my siblings. How to respond to this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 10, 2011 - 30 answers

I know I'm not my brother's keeper. Can I help him anyway?

How can I- or can I- help my younger brother, who I live and work with? He's in danger of losing his job, and doesn't seem to be taking it seriously. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 7, 2011 - 26 answers

No lumps of coal

Suggestions for non-partisan charities that I can tell my siblings to donate to in lieu of a a Christmas present and advice on telling them I'll be doing the same for their presents? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow on Oct 27, 2011 - 36 answers

Stare down the emotional pit or look elsewhere?

How do you deal with difficult family situations without imploding? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 30, 2011 - 8 answers

Is this sibling relationship salvageable?

How can I fix my relationship with my sister? Should I even try? (long, unfortunately) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 26, 2011 - 25 answers

Do brothers have more brothers?

StumpedDadFilter: Do boys have more brothers or more sisters? [more inside]
posted by paulash on Mar 23, 2011 - 31 answers

Baldwins, anyone?

Movies with more than two real-life siblings cast as fictional siblings? [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit on Dec 25, 2010 - 23 answers

Setting up a trust for a sister

Dealing with a will gone bad- Need advice about setting up a trust for my sister, and dealing with her difficult personality. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 11, 2010 - 21 answers

Sister left out of Father's will

My father left one of my siblings out of his will. How good/bad would it be to split things with this sibling anyway? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 13, 2010 - 74 answers

Being a better sister to a cute, smart adolescent girl

How to be a good older sister to a teenage girl? What can I say or do to make her experience of young love / adolescence / school more positive, and slightly less traumatic? Books, movies, toys, websites, quotations? Any recommendations welcome. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 11, 2010 - 11 answers

Can you be a good sister to someone you don't like?

How do I be a good sister, when I don't like her? So much more inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 3, 2010 - 29 answers

He IS heavy, he's my brother

I'm closing the family bank/charity. What do I say when the next sibling asks for a "loan"? [more inside]
posted by sfkiddo on Dec 26, 2009 - 29 answers

Parent Filter: What can I do about this parent/child role reversal that is poisoning my mind and my life and how can I let this parent know that even though I love them dearly I will not continue to let them manipulate me and dump all of their responsibilities on to my plate???

Parent Filter: What can I do about this parent/child role reversal that is poisoning my mind and my life and how can I let this parent know that even though I love them dearly I will not continue to let them manipulate me and dump all of their responsibilities on to my plate??? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 5, 2009 - 21 answers

Help me enjoy my family this christmas!

What techniques can you use to avoid falling into the family dynamic trap? By that I mean, for the first few hours/days everything's fine with parents and siblings, my identity is intact, but soon after, somehow, we're all playing the same parts we always played (we've all flown the nest)... I find it annoying how I find it difficult to rise above this. ie. feeling intimidated by my older brother, oddly belittled by my younger brother ignored by parents. I'm sure I'm a rather oversensitive middle child but I'm pretty sure I'm not the only factor! This year I am determined to enjoy my Christmas without the family dynamics crap. We're all old enough for this not to be a problem, surely? Futile perhaps, but maybe with your rather general advice I may be able to make inroads!
posted by yowza on Dec 21, 2008 - 33 answers

How to mourn my still-living sister?

I'm mourning my sister. The catch? She isn't dead. She just isn't herself anymore. How do I go about this in a healthy way? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 2, 2008 - 22 answers

When does my brother's drinking become my problem?

How do I help my mother deal with my sibling's alcohol use? [more inside]
posted by non sum qualis eram on Oct 26, 2008 - 17 answers

I'm my mother's favorite. Now what?

My mother recently told me I'm her favorite child. How can I deal with the guilt? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 14, 2008 - 41 answers

I don't want your money, but don't give it to her.

My uncle recently sent me some money through my sister. And just as she always has done, she's frittered it away and I'll never see a cent of it. I don't really care because I'm used to it, and I don't care for the money either. But how can I warn my uncle without giving off a "Give me more money" message? [more inside]
posted by Xere on Aug 20, 2007 - 12 answers

The world's first Brother Sister Blog Team?

Are my sister and I the world's first "Brother Sister Blog Team" or has it been done before? Personally, I haven't been able to find any. [more inside]
posted by travosaurus on Mar 7, 2006 - 13 answers

Advice on 5 year old's behavioral issues?

Advice wanted on how to use a carrot (instead of a stick) to reduce a bunch of very frustrating behavioral issues with our 5 year old... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 1, 2005 - 11 answers

sibling relationships

If you have siblings, do you think there's anything your parents did or didn't do that had a big effect on how you relate to your sib(s) today? My kids' futures hinge on your answer. [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on Feb 17, 2005 - 34 answers

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