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The Mess, Beauty, and Pain of Sibling Relationships with Researcher Dr. Laurie Kramer
Episode 7230th June 2023 • Baggage Check: Mental Health Talk and Advice • Dr. Andrea Bonior
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Siblings: the majority of Americans have at least one. And yet we often talk about them only in the context of childhood. As adults, the highs and lows of sibling relationships can often make or break our lives.

Today we get real about what the research says about how siblings matter across the lifespan, and the surprising ways they affect parenting and various aspects of your well-being. We welcome Dr. Laurie Kramer, a clinical psychologist and professor of applied psychology at Northeastern University, who has spent decades studying siblings. From when it's time to accept estrangement to how to improve a relationship with a geographically far sibling, from what a child's relationship with their siblings predicts later in life to how to raise your children to actually be friends, and the unique characteristics of twins-- and more-- it was one of our most fun discussions yet. Join us!

Here is more on Dr. Kramer's work and a link to be part of her free, research-based program "Fun with Sisters and Brothers."

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Credits: Beautiful cover art by Danielle Merity, exquisitely lounge-y original music by Jordan Cooper