A Brother’s Role As a Half-Sibling
A brother is usually a young man who shares either one or more biological parents with another person. The female counterpart is usually a female cousin. In some regions, the terms “sister” and “sibling” are used interchangeably. While the word in general tends to refer to a familial relation, it can be used quite loosely to refer to non-familial relationships as well. A full brother, therefore, is at the top level of the family tree – the next level down being the daughter’s brother or any other child of the first two.
Not all families have a direct line of descent from a brother. In fact, the closest living relative of a brother would probably be his sister. In most English families, however, the younger brother generally took after his older brother. This is not always the case, however, and sometimes the older brother was promoted or transferred to another part of the family before his younger sibling attained any significant seniority. In these cases, the younger brother became known as the “younger brother,” or simply “son.”
Sometimes a brother can be married to a woman who is also a sibling. This happens when a brother marries into a family that has many female members. If the husband to be is the father of two daughters, then he is considered a brother-in-law. This can be a good father-son relationship or it can result in bad blood relations, depending on how close the brothers are.
A brother may sometimes have a twin. This is not rare, but it is usually a case of two brothers meeting in order to date or get married. There are examples of brothers who were technically single but married to a female person. In the old English bridal books, the terms single brother and married brother are used interchangeably, and the latter term can also apply to a married man who was formerly a single brother.
It should be noted that even though a brother plays a role model for his younger siblings, this does not mean that he is the most important role model. All siblings have their own individualistic characteristics, but all of them share certain common traits. The first thing that any brother wants is to be accepted as a child. He wants to be understood and loves his siblings just the same. When this happens, the brother realizes that all he needs to do to play the part of a great role model is to treat his siblings with kindness and respect, to help them grow up loving and respectful of each other.
Children of blended families tend to have problems adjusting to their new family situation. They do not understand why their parents leave one parent and marry another. They are not accustomed to living with two sets of rules, and they may try to make their adjustment as easy as possible by going to the opposite gender’s school or church, joining the boys’ school team, or playing sports. The existence of a mixed-age brother may prove to be a hindrance in their life if the parents have a different religious tradition than the children do.