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I'm Worried Having Kids 10 Years Apart Will Cause a Big Rift: Advice?

I’m Worried Having Kids 10 Years Apart Will Cause a Big Rift: Advice?

A mom writes in asking for advice about age gaps. She wants to hear from other moms who have kids who are several years or more apart. She just found out she is pregnant and is concerned that her daughter, who will be 10 when the new baby arrives, will view the baby as “a major rift… instead of a blessing.” So she asks other moms: How is it having kids who are 10 years apart? What advice do they have that might ease her anxiety?

Is It True That Having Kids Closer in Age Is Harder for the Parents But Better for the Relationship Between Kids?

Is It True That Having Kids Closer in Age Is Harder for the Parents But Better for the Relationship Between Kids?

A mom writes in asking for advice about age gaps. She says her son is turning one, and she is aiming to have another one within the next year. It would give a 21 or 22 month age gap between kids. She is wondering if this is a good amount of time between kids. She wants her children to be close, but she doesn’t want to miss out on her first baby’s big moments. Is it true that when babies are closer in age it’s a lot more work for the parents despite the fact the kids are likely to be closer to one another?

I'm the Only Person My Brother, Who Is an Alcoholic, Talks To, and I Want to Help Him: Advice?

I’m the Only Person My Brother, Who Is an Alcoholic, Talks To, and I Want to Help Him: Advice?

A mom writes in asking for advice about her brother. She says her older brother, who is 13 years older than she is, is an alcoholic. He has been in and out of rehab throughout his life but still struggles. He is currently living with their parents, which the OP describes as a “rough situation.” She wants to help him but is at a loss regarding how to do so. She specifies that she is really the only person he talks to, and she feels that responsibility.

What Is It Like Having Kids 10 Years Apart?

What Is It Like Having Kids 10 Years Apart?

A mom writes in asking for advice about having kids 10 years apart. This mom says she recently learned that she is pregnant. Her daughter, she says, will be 10 by the time the new baby arrives, and she worries this will be a “rift for my daughter instead of a blessing.” So this mom turns to the community for advice: What is like having kids 10 years apart?

My Fiancé's Teenage Son Is Cruel to Our Toddler Daughter: Advice?

My Fiancé’s Teenage Son Is Cruel to Our Toddler Daughter: Advice?

A mom writes in asking for advice about her stepson, a 15-year-old boy, who she says is mean to the daughter she shares with her fiancé. Her fiancé’s son, she says, is constantly hurting and scaring their daughter. He pushes her down. Or he does something else troublesome and tries to blame the toddler. He has repeatedly scared her at night after she’s been put to bed. Her fiancé has tried to speak with his son, and though it has helped, some of the behavior still continues.

My Little Sister Wants to Move Out-of-State and In with a Boyfriend She's Never Met in Person: How Can I Help Her Make a Smart Decision?

My Little Sister Wants to Move Out-of-State and In with a Boyfriend She’s Never Met in Person: How Can I Help Her Make a Smart Decision?

A man writes in asking for his advice about his little sister. He says his sister is about to graduate from high school, and after, she plans to move out of state and in with her boyfriend, whom she has never actually met in person. This man wants to support his sister’s decision and doesn’t want to come across as too overprotective, but he wants to make sure she is making a smart, safe choice.

My Three-Year-Old Toddler Daughter Goes Out of Her Way to Upset the People Around Her: Advice?

My Three-Year-Old Goes Out of Her Way to Upset the People Around Her: Advice?

A mom writes in asking for advice about her three-year-old daughter. She says that ever since she welcomed a baby (now 11-months-old), her older daughter, now 3, has started going out of her way to make everyone around her mad or sad. She has tried to hurt her sister. She has begun wetting herself and purposefully peeing on the carpet. This mom has tried every approach she knows, but her daughter’s behavior remains unchanged.

My Four Kids Are Constantly Fighting with Each Other: Advice?

My Four Kids Are Constantly Fighting with Each Other: Advice?

A mom writes in asking for advice about her four kids. She says that as an only child, she always wanted a big family. So she had four kids, who range in age from 4 to 18. The problem? They are constantly fighting. They name call, argue, and are sometimes straight-up cruel. It breaks this mom’s heart, and she wants to know if it’s normal behavior and/or if her kids will eventually grow out of this contentious stage.

My Brother, Who Lives with Me, Is Mad I Won't Allow Him to Visit His Girlfriend During the Coronavirus Outbreak: Advice?

My Brother, Who Lives with Me, Is Mad I Won’t Allow Him to Visit His Girlfriend During the Coronavirus Outbreak: Advice?

A mom writes in asking for advice about her brother. She says that he currently lives with her and her family, which includes four children, after he got kicked out of their parents’ house. He is insisting on being able to go see his girlfriend, but this mom does not want him in and out of her house during the coronavirus pandemic, as he could possibly infect her or her family.