Sibling Love

One thing I have loved about being a Mom is watching the love grow between my children. I have a boy and a girl, and their bond as siblings is something that I cherish. I am close with my own siblings as well. I loved coming from a family of four kids, and I think the bond between siblings is undeniable. It is something that lasts forever.

Only a sibling knows the ups and downs of your childhood almost as good as yourself. Only a sibling can fight with you one moment, and forgive so quickly the next. Because, let’s face it, the last person you want to fight with is someone that you love the most and someone that knows you so well.

My son and daughter have grown incredibly close. They have been separated recently due to my daughter starting school, and it has been very hard on my little boy. However, soon, he will have a new sibling to build a relationship with.

Have you ever looked closely at the relationships of siblings in your family history? Perhaps it would warrant a scrapbook page or two about the bonds they had with each other. I asked my husband’s great aunt one day about her relationship with her only sibling, her brother. She said that he was a good brother to her, and although he might get annoyed with her tagging along at times, for the most part, he let her, and he was nice to her. I liked picturing them as little kids and wondering what life was really like when they lived at home together once upon a time.

If you have the opportunity to interview a grandparent, or even your own parents about their relationships with their siblings, it would make for a great scrapbook page of them together. Try to find a photo of them together as children, and use it on the layout. Interview them and find out as much as you can about the relationships that they had with each other growing up.

Some questions you could start with are questions like:

What bonded them together? What did they fight about? How did their relationships change during various times of their lives? Which sibling were they closest with? Which one did they fight with the most? How did their relationship change when someone moved out of the house? Who was the bossiest? What were some fun games they like to play with each other?

You could do a scrapbook page about your own children as well, and the fun things they like to do together. Think about scrapbooking about yourself too, and your siblings as a way to preserve your family heritage for your own posterity. Sibling love is a special kind of love, and it is the kind that should be honored in your heritage scrapbook!

Meredith Ethington is the author of this blog. To learn more about Meredith, and her history with Scrapbooking and Genealogy, go here.

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