Family Life

The Gift of Siblings

I was exhausted last night.  Tired down to my bones.  I made my way upstairs, eager to nestle under the covers.  As always, I stopped in the girls room to check on them.  And there I found them — my two big girls, ages

Through the Lens of Boyhood

By Sarah Werthan Buttenwieser for Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers When my firstborn was an infant and the days opened like huge blank canvasses, pristine, challenging and monotonous, I sometimes shared advice I knew would become more difficult to deliver far enough in

Relationships That Can Never Be

By Jennifer Palmer for Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers She sits on his lap, tiny fingers reaching first for his own age-spotted ones, then for his starched plaid collar, then for his mouth, which curves up as her touch flits across his cheek.

They Are Not Half Sisters

A row of three-year-old ballerinas clad in leotards fidget at the barre, a gangly eight-year-old wearing jeans and a T-shirt smack in the middle. My oldest daughter holds her tearful little sister’s hand as they plié together. It is my three-year-old’s first dance class,