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    Every parent with two or more hopes that one day their kiddos will be BFFs with their siblings. But during childhood, it's quite possible that sibling rivalry may reign supreme! And it looks like one parent who took to Reddit recently knows this truth all too well.

    User lala989 shared the below photo of her "daughter's list in case anything happens to her older brother," and it's definitely an eyebrow-raiser! Take a look ...

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    Ask most firstborns how Mom and Dad treat the baby of the family, and you're sure to hear a ration of complaints. They're spoiled! Adored! Pampered. But is it true? Do you really treat your lastborn child differently?

    Is the youngest child in the family any different from their siblings? And is it because of birth order, or would they have been the same kid if they were born first? Turns out science has a lot to say on what makes your lastborn child tick:

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    It was the Disability Day of Mourning to honor and remember disabled people killed by their parents or caregivers. Vigils were held around the country for people to gather for this purpose. I had been to last year’s vigil and decided to go again this year, but this year I was going to bring my kids. At first, the idea of taking my kids, at least one of whom is autistic, to an event where people would be talking about parents killing their autistic children seemed wildly inappropriate.

    But then I thought about Jack and how he is working to figure himself out and learning about self advocacy and the fact that he is excited to hear about autistic adults. I decided that it was, in fact, a really good idea to take him.

    I prepared all three of my kids for what would happen at the vigil and what they could expect.

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    Making the decision to stop at one child is not an easy one to make. Even years after you've made a no-turning-back-now choice like a vasectomy or tube tying, you're bound to stumble every now and then again on something that makes you ask yourself "Did I make the right choice? Is my only child going to have a harder life because I didn't give her siblings?"

    It doesn't exactly help that everyone and their grandma has an opinion on only children. Not sure if you made the right choice -- or still debating? This might help! We looked at what the scientists -- not your nosy neighbor -- have to say about only children!

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    Learning to put your first bra on is hard. Learning to put your first bra on in under five seconds lest your baby brother throw open the door at any moment and see you half-naked? That's substantially harder. Welcome to the life of a tween girl who shares a bedroom with her brother. 

    Welcome to the life I led for a substantial portion of my childhood. When I was 5, my brother came bursting into the world, full of snips, snails, and puppy dog tails. And after a stint in the bassinet in my parents' room, he was moved into the room I'd called my own for five years. It was a sleeping arrangement that would last until I was in high school -- a brother and sister together, sharing a bedroom.

    Needless to say, it's one of the worse things I see parents doing to their children.

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    Have you ever paged through a parenting magazine and looked at the pictures? I mean really looked at the pictures? The fashion magazines tend to take all the heat for presenting unrealistic images to the world (and rightfully so), but let's be honest: stock images of kids are about as far from reality as you can get.

    All those siblings singing kumbaya! And the immaculate backseats of those minivans! Most moms only see the former on odd Fridays and even Tuesdays, and as for the latter, well, maybe the day they drove off the dealer's lot?

    Do you ever wonder what your life would be like if you had the kids who live in stock photography? Here's your chance to find out.

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    When my eldest daughter was two years old, I went in for my annual girly doctor appointment. While discussing birth control options, I mentioned that I wanted to have my tubes tied. I was 22 years old at the time, had been married just over three years, and I knew that I never wanted to procreate again. I was at my wit’s end, man.

    My lovely doctor didn’t bat an eyelash, and just said that that wasn’t something she normally liked to do for mothers of two-year-olds. I ended up with a Mirena instead, which I loved by the way. I’m so glad that I didn’t do anything permanent back then, because my second child has been a huge blessing in so many ways.

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    It seems like everyone and their mother have enough digital know-how to take a bunch of images from a baby's first year and make a video these days. Most of them are pretty cute because, duh, baby's first year. But sometimes there's a little something special that sets a baby's first year apart. For mom Ilana Wiles, that's her baby's big sister.

    Wiles, who blogs at the wildly popular Mommy Shorts, has a beauty in baby Harlow. But her older daughter, Mazzy, steals the show in Harlow's first year video by basically being the big sister every mom dreams of giving to her little girl.

    Sibling rivalry, schmibling rivalry! Do me a favor ... grab some tissues before you settle in to watch, because this kind of sisterly love will get even the grinches going:

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    If you grew up in my household or one of millions just like it, you may feel duped after reading this. It seems that, despite how my mom and your mom swore up and down that it wasn't true -- gasp! -- they do in fact have a favorite child. If you just happen to be the golden one, well, good for you. In all likelihood, you share the same values and beliefs as your mom, according to a recent study. There's also a good chance you're a daughter and not a son. Oh, and in case you feel guilty for even a split second, don't. It turns out you may be making your mom's life a whole lot easier. 

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    11 Myths About Only Children

    posted by Jeanne Sager July 25, 2013 at 2:24 PM in Big Kid
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    If I had a nickel for every time someone told me that my child was doomed because I haven't given her siblings, I'd probably have enough money to adopt at least a dozen more kids. The number of only children in America is on the rise, due in no small part to the fact that it now costs $295,560 to raise a kid to their 18th birthday. But the fact that there are more onlies out there hasn't stopped the myths.

    Stereotypes of what it means to grow up without siblings abound, and with an 8-year-old daughter who is brother- and sister-free, I have heard them all. And every single blasted one leaves me sputtering.

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