DD has a half sibling living in England. She doesn't know him, has never met him, and given her father hasn't spoken to her in over 2 years its unlikely she will meet that sibling at any stage during her childhood. She knows he is her brother but views herself as an only child without siblings because that is how she lives.
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11-10-2012 15:36 #21
11-10-2012 16:19 #22
my mum has 3 'full' sisters, 1 'full' brother, 2 'half' sisters and 1 step sister but they all grew up together (step sister joined the family at age 13) but they just consider themselves as 'brothers and sisters'.
she also has a 'half' sister that she didn't grow up with and does not see. she doesn't refer to her as her sister.
it seems family is- who you grew up with, who is there for you, who supports you and who you support. not who shares your blood.
11-10-2012 23:00 #23
My other half has one full sibling and 6 half siblings and he sees them all as his full siblings. No different just because they were halves.
11-10-2012 23:08 #24
I have one 'brother' who is a 'full' sibling and two 'half' sisters. I'm closer to my sisters and love every minute we spend together. We didn't grow up in the same house but have just always been close (they've spent the last 10yrs living 7 hours away so only see them in holidays).
My so called brother is cut out of my life completely now (got vro yesterday).
My eldest DS has a different dad to the other two and as far as any of us are concerned they are all brothers and no one is treated any differently.
11-10-2012 23:18 #25
Blood lines mean a lot to me, I'm obsessed.
I don't have half siblings, but if I did I would hold them in the same esteem I do my full siblings, even if I had little to do with them. I would obviously just know the siblings I saw most better.
DH is rumoured to have a younger half sister and couldn't care either way, has zero interest and it bothers me, this is most likely my kids aunty and her kids will be their cousins.
12-10-2012 07:19 #26
My mum has two sons and my dad has two sons, all of whom are my half brothers. I only grew up with one of them, he's seven years younger than me and he is as much my brother as my 'full' sister is, no question about it. The others are a lot older and have always lived interstate / overseas, so I tend to refer to them as my half-brothers. One of them has an intellectual disability and I've only seen a couple of times. One lives in the UK and I've only met him twice. Another I have been a little closer to over the years but certainly not to the extent of my younger brother.
12-10-2012 08:57 #27
My brother has DS and is adopted, he is my BROTHER. if anyone asks if I am an only child NO i'm not. It only gets tricky when I'm pregnant (like now) and have to explain oh no no.. I don't think my DS chances will be higher he is adopted
I love him to bits, but I think it took me maturing to realize how special he is, and I am to have him in my life
12-10-2012 09:14 #28
I see mine more like cousins, I guess. Mostly because we didn't live together much and they are all much older or younger than me - I'm the only child from my parents relationship. I have 2 older half sisters (one died 2 years ago, they would both be early 40s and I'm 30). 3 older half brothers (aged 40-46) and a younger half brother who is 13. And two step siblings ages 23 and 50ish!
12-10-2012 12:32 #29
I see 3 out of 4 of them as full siblings.
My younger brother was born after I moved out of home. So while I see him as my brother, I haven't had the chance to develop a relationship with him. He's the same age as my nephew, so I kind of see him the same way (see him about the same frequency too)
We don't use 'half' language though. We're all siblings.
12-10-2012 12:59 #30
I have five half siblings and one full sibling. The closest half sibling to me is 8 years older, the oldest is 15 years older (19 between him and my little sister). The older girls came on the weekends usually, and the boys lived with us most of the time. But we were brought up that they were all our siblings, we never differentiated between half and full. They're just my brothers and sisters, and that's how I talk about them, I only explain fully if someone asks, or says something along the lines of 'oh your mother must be a saint' (she is, but the older 5 kids are her step kids).
One SIL though always says things like 'this is E's half sister' if introducing me to someone I don't know. If he's around he will correct her, saying 'my little sister' or something similar, she ****es me off something chronic.
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