Stop Saying Only Children Will Grow Up to Be Selfish Monsters

Only children are so easy for people to hate. They are, as the caricature goes, spoiled from having been loved and provided for too much, without having to endure the character-building benefits siblings provide: being ignored, being forced to jockey for the TV remote, enduring the humiliation of hand-me-downs, and… »7/08/15 1:00pm7/08/15 1:00pm


​Firstborn Girls Are More Likely To Succeed Than Familial Underlings

Good news for all you Marsha Bradys and DJ Tanners out there. A new study of 1,503 sibling groups and 3,532 individuals by the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex has found that the first born girl in a family is statistically most likely to be the most ambitious and well-qualified… »4/27/14 12:00pm4/27/14 12:00pm

Heartbreaking: 14-Year-Old Stabbed Younger Sister for Being Ungrateful

A teenager in Illinois fatally stabbed her younger sister 40 times because she thought the 11-year-old was "being ungrateful". She initially blamed the attack on an intruder, but later revealed that she was responsible for it, citing her younger sister's lack of respect as the reason for her actions. »1/25/14 6:00pm1/25/14 6:00pm

Boys With Sisters More Likely To Become Republicans Because Chores

In a weird twist that maybe only further study and/or a Family Ties reboot can answer, the Global Post reports that according to a study in the new Journal of Politics, boys with only female siblings are 9.3% more likely to grow up and become Republicans. They're also less likely to help with chores, and become… »6/29/13 5:00pm6/29/13 5:00pm

Your Little Brother Isn't Just a Maximum Dweebazoid—He Might Have Also Caused Your Depression

I didn't grow up with siblings anywhere near my age, so I have no idea what it feels like to have some dickhead who looks like you constantly slamming doors and touching your stuff. (Or, conversely, to be that dickhead. Or both. Whatever.) And I was always jealous of people who did—like, maybe if I'd grown up with… »12/21/12 9:50am12/21/12 9:50am

Big Sister Gives Her Brother an Adorable ‘Toughen Up’ Pep Talk, Sounds Just Like Lucy from Peanuts

It turns out that some kids really do speak like Peanuts characters, which is adorable. This big sister does her best Lucy impression as she gives her sullen little brother a pep talk, telling him (gently) to "toughen up" and to not spit on boys three times his age. At least not yet. He's got a whole lifetime of… »10/10/12 9:45pm10/10/12 9:45pm

"Bow To The Stereotypes" In Caring For Your Parents, Says NYT Blogger

A daughter and son visit their ailing mother in her assisted-living apartment. The daughter organizes her mother's wardrobe, cleans her dentures, and is the one Mom comes to when she needs diapers. The son spends his visit "tap-tap-tapping on his BlackBerry." So who gets all the praise for being a wonderful child? If… »9/25/08 2:40pm9/25/08 2:40pm