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Advice for living with a sibling as adults

My brother (24) and I (female, 26) are sharing an apartment starting next week and I have anxieties. I'd like to prepare for whatever problems or conflicts that may arise. Wall of text to follow... [more inside]
posted by winterportage on Aug 5, 2014 - 10 answers

How to be an aunt?!

How can I be a good aunt to my future nephew and support to my sister? [more inside]
posted by ichomp on Jun 10, 2014 - 17 answers

My brother disappointed me by posting a photo that, to me, is racist

I want to tell him about it without sounding like I'm on my high horse [more inside]
posted by winterportage on May 29, 2014 - 21 answers

a black sheep by my own design

How can I be gracious, kind, and supportive when I feel like a fuck-up compared to the rest of my family, particularly my younger sister? Messy wall of text below. [more inside]
posted by ablazingsaddle on May 28, 2014 - 18 answers

Help my roommate and I find a fair and reasonable solution

Her sister is coming to stay with us for (??) weeks, how do I protect my boundaries [more inside]
posted by winterportage on May 6, 2014 - 22 answers

Rules for dating: 1...

This is mainly for my much younger sister although it might be relevant for little oink someday ... For the first time she has several people interested in her (they have said so). She asks me for advice. She seems flattered by the attention but not sure how to proceed. They are all good friends. I don't know what to say. Hovering between an unrealistic desire to keep her from getting hurt (don't first relationships often?) and the recognition she has a good head thus trusting her decision. Is there some basic dos and donts?
posted by oink on May 2, 2014 - 30 answers

Short story? Brother/sister in back of truck, coffin falls, kills sister

Simple summary: A brother and sister rode along to the store in the back of a truck to purchase a coffin. On the return trip home, the coffin falls on the sister and kills her, and they have to go back to the store to buy a coffin for her. Google has had some mighty strange or irrelevant suggestions to my query, but nothing that seems right. It's probable that I'd recognize the cover or the name of the book. [more inside]
posted by stormyteal on Feb 7, 2014 - 0 answers

Wedding gift for the adult sister I'm just getting to know

At age 43, I found my birth family. (Original post. MeTa.) In addition to my birth mother and many other relatives, I've gained an adult sister. I'm now 44 and she's 29. We're slowly getting to know each other. My birth mother informed me the day we met last June that I'd be going to my sister's (up until then her only daughter, as far as the world knew) wedding in Key West in March. I was so thrilled by the whirlwind of everything, and I wanted to keep the hoopla surrounding my integration into the family as minimally disruptive to her planning the big event, that I've kind of forgotten something important until now: What on earth should I get her as a wedding present? [more inside]
posted by ImproviseOrDie on Jan 17, 2014 - 28 answers

Me and You and That Guy

I can't stand my sister's boyfriend. He's coming for Christmas. They're inseparable. Now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 14, 2013 - 47 answers

Short story about a boy, a window and his sister who never exists

I'm pretty sure I came across this through the blue in the last few years: a story by an American author about a boy who becomes fascinated by a window he can see on the outside of his house (round? high?) that doesn't correspond with a window on the inside, and he cajoles his sister into touching it, and when she does she and the window don't vanish, they cease to have ever existed. What is it? [more inside]
posted by Hogshead on Oct 21, 2013 - 7 answers

Selling a cello, hoping to not lose a sister, too.

How do I tell my sister I'm selling our mother's cello? [more inside]
posted by missmary6 on Sep 24, 2013 - 59 answers

Should people work to end sister city relationships with Russia?

What is the value in pushing non-Russian cities to drop their sister/twin relationships with Russian cities to protest the anti-gay laws and attitudes in Russia? This article from Radio Free Europe offers a summery of the issue, "Sister Cities Ramp Up Russia Boycott Over Antigay Law". [more inside]
posted by andoatnp on Jul 25, 2013 - 14 answers

Is this originally a French proverb? And is my grammar correct?

"Beauty is the sister of vanity and the mother of lust". My translation in to French: "La beauté est la soeur de la vanité et la mère de la luxure." I originally saw this phrase in French as "La beauté est la sœur de vanité, et la mére et la luxure". So that would roughly translate as "Beauty is the sister of vanity and the mother of lust". I have also seen it expressed in English as "Beauty's sister is vanity, and its daughter lust." My translation would be: "La beauté est la sœur de vanité, et la fille de la luxure." I asked on Yahoo Answers if my grammar was correct, but one of the responses said it should be "la mère" and not "la fille". Hence, my question. Is it originally French in origin? And if so, is it mother of lust or daughter of lust? Either way my translation would be: "La beauté est la soeur de la vanité et la mère de la luxure." Or La beauté est la soeur de la vanité et la fille de la luxure. Are these two translations grammatically correct? Also, is La necessary before "beauté"?
posted by mrducts on Jun 30, 2013 - 9 answers

Need a surrogate older sister... where to find?

What I want is an older sister /grandmother/ auntie type - someone wise I can write letters to from time to time, who will write me thoughtful letters back and offer suggestions and whatnot. A life coach? A counsellor (or therapist)? Does anyone offer this service? I would happily pay a reasonable fee. [more inside]
posted by jrobin276 on Jun 3, 2013 - 104 answers

Respond to fb warning involving sister's alleged affair ?

How to respond to a facebook warning/possible threat concerning an alleged affair involving my sister? [more inside]
posted by Basque13 on Jun 2, 2013 - 26 answers

Birthday gifts for a new office drone?

Ack, I need birthday gift ideas for my sister. She's turning 27, working in her first office job, is across the country from me. She loves...uh, organizing and cleaning things? And working out, I think? And...she has a dog and a new house? help [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz on May 22, 2013 - 20 answers

My family is in trouble. To what extent is it my duty to help?

My sister (late 30s) has recently given birth to a baby who is probably affected by Down syndrome. There will most likely not be a father in the picture. She also has an 8 y.o. daughter from a different, also absent father. They live at my mother’s house in a small town. My sister has a story of emotional instability and I often fear for my niece and nephew. My sister was molested by my father when she was in her late teens. She is extremely dependent on (and at the same time hostile to) my mother. My mother (divorced), in turn, is struggling to help her and the little children, while having to deal with lack of money and her own (physical) health issues. I (male) am the middle child, 8 years younger than my sister. I´ve lived in a big city for the last 6 years. I´m economically independent (yet also struggling) and starting a career in academia. I feel that if I don´t go back to my home town and help my family, things will deteriorate further. On the other hand, my chances of professional growth would be reduced by moving back there. Do you think a sacrifice of this sort is the right thing to do? [more inside]
posted by Basque13 on Mar 19, 2013 - 31 answers

Get lost.

My sister's boyfriend is older than our father. He is more than twice her age. It (he) makes me uncomfortable and it is driving a wedge between us. I'm not sure how to communicate my feelings about this to her or if I even should. [more inside]
posted by Evstar on Nov 29, 2012 - 52 answers

How can I deal with my 9 year old sister?

How can I deal with my 9 year old sister? [more inside]
posted by kiralee on Sep 16, 2012 - 27 answers

Help me be awesome and supportive towards my pregnant sister!

My sister is pregnant. I am psyched. Help me be an awesome and supportive sister and aunt! [more inside]
posted by kat518 on Sep 6, 2012 - 12 answers

How to deal with sister on vacation?

How to get along with pushy sister while on vacation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 30, 2012 - 15 answers

Should I break up with my narcissistic sister?

Estranged from my sister because of her wedding and personality. To make this right or cut off my narcissistic sister. [more inside]
posted by sweltering on May 13, 2012 - 32 answers

Not enough to go around

Are there any good books about unhealthy competition between sisters? I want further insight into my older sister's negative impact on me and our other younger sister. I have not been able to find anything on the subject. Books about competition in families where scarcity was an issue during childhood would also be welcome. Thank you.
posted by Ventre Mou on May 5, 2012 - 6 answers

Worried about my little sisters

I'm worried that my little sisters may be in an abusive situation, but don't know what's really going on or where I should go from here. [more inside]
posted by whalebreath on Apr 26, 2012 - 18 answers

Grieving for the living?

My sister cut herself off from me over a year ago, and I'm still hurting. Any advice over getting over this at last? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 27, 2012 - 17 answers

Should my girlfriend and I have her 15 year old sister live with us and we take care of her?

Should my girlfriend (26) of 2 years and I(26) become legal Guardians of her sister (15)? I intend on marrying her but I am not sure if I want to get this involved or intertwined into her family life, maybe not yet. We are in Southern California, if that matters.. just to give you a setting.. [more inside]
posted by BigK on Jan 25, 2012 - 23 answers

Does supportive always mean silent?

After 4.5 years my sister's partner is asking her to leave him. It could be they are just having a fight, or it could be that this is really the end. Do I tell her my opinion (I've never liked him and never will, and she should run while she can) or do I hold my tongue? [more inside]
posted by skauskas on Nov 19, 2011 - 44 answers

Blue state family. Red state in-laws. HELP!

How do you learn to get along with family members (blood-related and by marriage) with whom you apparently have nothing in common? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 26, 2011 - 50 answers

Is it ok to choose to (temporarily) not interact with my depressed teen sister? What's the best way to provide very distant support?

Is it ok to choose to (temporarily) not interact with my depressed teen sister? What's the best way to provide very distant support? [more inside]
posted by ad4pt on Sep 12, 2011 - 43 answers

what can i do for a sister in a bad situation?

How can I best support a sister who is getting divorced? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 19, 2011 - 13 answers

Help with gifts - for co-worker & sister

Help - I need help with presents (or should I even give them?) - 1. co-worker, 2. sister! [more inside]
posted by needlegrrl on Aug 18, 2011 - 6 answers

How long should the sister-in-law stay?

How long is reasonable for a world-traveling sister to drop in and live with us (a family with small children)? And how do I gently help her to go? Am I being the family jerk? [more inside]
posted by radagast on May 12, 2011 - 45 answers

Mawiage. Mawiage is what bwings us togefa today.

Please help us think of some non-traditional wedding roles for our siblings. [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin on May 1, 2011 - 13 answers

Please tell me how to say "little sister" and "little brother" in different languages.

I'm looking for translations for the phrases "little sister" and "little brother" in any language you might know. I'm interested in both literal translations and any affectionate slang-y translations. Many thanks!
posted by ersatzkat on Apr 15, 2011 - 53 answers

Happy 40th birthday Sis! I better not see this on Ebay!

My sister is turning 40 soon. Can you help me find a good gift to give her? [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Apr 4, 2011 - 15 answers

"OMG, sis, I do not want to hear you talk about safe words over breakfast."

My sister will not stop discussing her non-traditional sex life. It's the only thing she ever talks about, regardless of who's on the other end of the conversation. It's alienating me and others in her life. Should I say something? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 8, 2010 - 40 answers

Quick help needed!!!!

I need your help quickly, hive mind! I have two free tix for a professional hockey game tonight given to me by the Big Brother/Big Sister program to be used with my little sister. Little just called and cancelled. Can I use the extra ticket for a friend instead?? I have been trying to get in touch with staff, but it's weekend and don't have any home numbers. Not sure of the protocol for this. Worried it might look bad even if it would be ok in this instance. Thanks much in advance! :)
posted by foxhat10 on Nov 6, 2010 - 18 answers

What are 30 things I can give my sister 30 of for her 30th birthday?

What are 30 things I can give my sister 30 of for her 30th birthday? [more inside]
posted by shortyJBot on Oct 31, 2010 - 37 answers

Forgetting family

When you feel that you are no longer important to a sister, should you try to forget her? [more inside]
posted by striving on Oct 31, 2010 - 33 answers

How to deal with anger and desire for revenge caused by sister's betrayal??

My only sister embezzled money from me. She stole the money I was sending monthly to support our mother, I am deeply hurt and I am having problems dealing with my feelings of anger, frustration and desire for revenge. Do you have any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by dupedyestafada on Oct 10, 2010 - 18 answers

how to become my sisters sister again

seeing 10 year old sister for first time in over 4 years, help me figure out what to say/how to act! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 6, 2010 - 17 answers

at least she's not a cat lady?

My 38 year-old sister is a bit of a train wreck. A dog-obsessed train wreck. How can I help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 1, 2010 - 26 answers

Being supportive

How can I talk honestly with my sister and still be supportive? [more inside]
posted by tachikoma_robot on Aug 26, 2010 - 13 answers

Cancer sux

It's my sister vs. leukemia, and leukemia, it seems, may win. Muddled questions from a muddled brain inside. [more inside]
posted by buzzkillington on Aug 24, 2010 - 30 answers

How do I stop being a pushover with my sister? (a bit long but any help would be appreciated)

How do I stop being a pushover with my sister? [more inside]
posted by picarosado on Aug 13, 2010 - 23 answers

My sister's in a bind

My youngest sister has been married less than a year, is ten weeks pregnant, and just left her husband. How do I help her? [more inside]
posted by operalass on Aug 10, 2010 - 19 answers

helping high-functioning sister gain independence

special needs filter: how do I help my high-functioning sibling gain independence? what have your experiences with special needs siblings been like? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on Jul 22, 2010 - 4 answers

What are good brother/sister duets?

What are some good brother/sister duets? [more inside]
posted by perpetualstroll on Jul 18, 2010 - 14 answers

Am I an idiot or is she too grudgemental?

Did I really commit a flagrant foul? [more inside]
posted by bolognius maximus on Jul 10, 2010 - 52 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

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