One of the greatest joys of motherhood is to see oneâ€™s kids bond in a loving relationship. A lot of people like to believe that kids who have only one parent in common canâ€™t be that close. Fortunately, theyâ€™re absolutely wrong.
Rachel Sobel went through a stressful divorce and shares custody of her 8-year-old daughter with her ex-husband. She had another girl right after she re-married, and the girls share a loving, deep bond. In a post full of motherly emotions, the Pop Sugar website contributor described how awful it feels when people try to put a biological tag on her babiesâ€™ deep relationship.
Sheâ€™s been okay dealing with the rancid and intrusive attitude people put up after a divorce happens. Thatâ€™s all about her and her ex-husband. She just wonâ€™t sit with anyone who tries to meddle into her childrenâ€™s relationship with the use of the noun â€˜half-sisterâ€™.
â€œWhat I wonâ€™t stand for is when someone makes my kids feel like sh*t about any part of this dynamic,â€� Rachel wrote. â€œPeople, both ones we know and ones we donâ€™t, try to qualify my kidsâ€™ relationship, and it happens more than you can imagine. We donâ€™t use the term half-sister because these girls are not half anything. Theyâ€™re whole sisters who love each other with their whole hearts.â€�
The best kind of sisters
Rachel initially thought thereâ€™d be some sort of bridge between the girls, seeing as the first is eight years older than the second. She later realized she was worrying for nothing.
A strong bond developed between them the first day they saw each other, and theyâ€™ve been so close ever since. Rachel feels that itâ€™s wrong to address her kids as half-sisters. They may both grow up with the notion and mentality that theyâ€™re not completely sisters.
The older girl showers her baby sister with so much love and care, that itâ€™s hard to believe sheâ€™s only 8. Why would anyone want to classify such a sweet relationship as â€˜halfâ€™?
â€œThey are the best kind of sisters. The older one is the protector and the little one is her shadow. They are madly in love and Iâ€™m equally in love with them and their relationship.
However, there are people out there who need to remind my older child that this baby is her â€˜half-sisterâ€™. While the term may be scientifically accurate, it couldnâ€™t be more of a misrepresentation of their bond. It feels dismissive.â€�
The eldest finds the term â€œhalf-sisterâ€� deeply upsetting
â€œEvery time the term rolls off somebodyâ€™s tongue as casually as if theyâ€™re placing their morning coffee order, my older daughter gets upset,â€� Rachel wrote. The poor girl wonders why anybody would describe her sister as â€˜halfâ€™. The more people say it, the more confused she gets.
The little girl tries to understand if there is a different way she should feel about her supposedly half-baby-sister. Rachel says itâ€™s such an infuriating term to her. People really shouldnâ€™t try so hard to define a relationship for the little girls.
â€œTheyâ€™re whole sisters who love each other with their whole hearts. They play, bicker, and show affection like sisters. Sure they donâ€™t have the same father, but that has zero bearing on their bond.
The fact was also out of their control. They took to the role of sisters so naturally and lovingly, so why canâ€™t everyone else be accepting and follow suit?â€�
â€œMy girls are sisters. Period.â€�
Rachel insists that itâ€™s not easy for moms who have similar families like hers. People like to make it look as if thereâ€™s something awfully different about them. Itâ€™s not easy having to always be on her guard.
She has to put in extra efforts to make sure the love never stops flowing between her kids. It would be a lot easier on the girls if everyone just accepts that they are sisters, no prefixes attached.
â€œMothers like me have to work hard every day to facilitate healthy, strong relationships within their families,â€� Rachel wrote. â€œSo when others undermine that, theyâ€™re belittling the circumstances under which my kids came into this world.
So please, think twice before you say something about someone elseâ€™s dynamic because at the end of the day weâ€™re a regular family â€“ just like you.â€�
Rachel Sobel. 2019, January 17. Â Please stop telling my daughter that her sibling is her â€™half-sisterâ€™. Retrieved from https://www.popsugar.com/moms/Why-Kids-Shouldnt-Called-Half-Siblings-45684195
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