There are many advantages to having a sister. I’m lucky to have three sisters. I’ve also got 2 daughters of my own and I think they play an important role in our family.
“Even after you account for parents’ influence, siblings do matter in unique ways,” said Padilla-Walker, who teaches in BYU’s School of Family Life. “They give kids something that parents don’t.”
Sometimes people wonder how parents continue to give their full attention to each child as they add kids to the family. We don’t! But siblings have unique relationships with each other that benefit them differently than their relationship with their parents.
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Still bugged by the bickering? Padilla-Walker offers this encouraging advice, “For parents of younger kids, the message is to encourage sibling affection. Once they get to adolescence, it’s going to be a big protective factor.” They might be fighting over Polly Pockets now, but they’ll help each other get through rough patches later in life.
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For more about daughters, check out Devan’s post!