Building Kindness in a Sibling

A brother is someone else who shares one or both parents with another, either a biological brother or a non Biological brother. The female counterpart of the brother would be a daughter. While the word in modern English tends to use the word to describe a familial relation, it can be used quite comfortably to refer to non familial relations. A full brother, unlike a half brother, is actually a first degree relative to the personage whose name he bears. This means that the child would have been born to the personage with whom his brother was born, and would have been immediately family by birth.


It is customary for a brother to help his younger siblings financially, as well as in other ways, particularly if the brother or the children are not properly financially supported by their father. Often, this extends beyond simply helping pay the bills. It also often includes helping with day-to-day activities, especially in families where the father is the sole provider. Thus, while a brother may not necessarily need to look after the younger family members, he will most likely want to be involved, in some way. And that is where the concept of brother and sister emerged.

A brother helping a sister is an example of the way in which similar patterns hold throughout the culture and society of early Christianity. Theophrastes, a second century Greek philosopher, argued that there are seven degrees of brotherhood, ranging from brotherly love to outright collaboration. According to the Theophrastes, the greatest level of brotherhood is brotherly love, expressed by selflessness and generosity. The second highest level is brotherliness, which stems from participation in common activities. And the third degree is collaboration, which occurs when two brothers work together for common goals or objectives.

Not only are there a number of different levels of brotherhood, there is also a wide variety of different behaviors that siblings can display. While traditionally the roles have been static, sometimes this is not the case. Some siblings may show the characteristics of each level of brotherhood more than once, while others may only exhibit one characteristic from childhood. As children, every child is presented with a set of potential roles to play in the family. This helps them learn what behaviors are typical, and which ones are not.

For siblings who seem to play different roles in the family, or who are persistently set apart, this can be a source of tension and friction. Each sibling could perceive the other as trying to take advantage of him, or as someone willing to place himself above his duties. This can lead to arguments, as each tries to be the “good brother” or “good sister.” But even within this set of roles, there are still many options available. Children can choose to be strictly friends, they can decide to become more like each other, or they can decide to try being just themselves.

A good brother or a supportive sibling can help children discover their full potential. All siblings need to learn what it means to be a good brother or a supportive brother, and then they can use these lessons to overcome any negative feelings they may have. Children learn who they are by observation, and by sharing the same experiences and traits with other children. By learning to be good brothers, by doing good things for their siblings, or by encouraging their siblings to do the same, children can find strength in numbers. With strong siblings, the family can function more smoothly, and can face the day with less dread.