A brother is usually a young boy or man who shares one or both parents with another. The female counterpart is usually a younger sister. While the word technically refers to a familial relation, it can be used more commonly in non- familial contexts, often endearingly to describe non- familial relationships as well. In some cultures, however, the male brother is regarded as the head of the family, just as his father was. A full brother, also known as a ward, is usually a third degree relative in the family hierarchy.
Male siblings will fight more frequently than female siblings do. This is because they are also very close to each other and have experienced earlier stages of conflict. Their willingness to fight is based on their need for acceptance from their brothers. They want to prove that they are responsible, confident and worthy of love. Although fights between brothers are common, they are generally milder than those between sisters.
When a child’s parents separate, they will live primarily with the mother, leaving the father with the older brother and the children. This happens more often in families where the father is the breadwinner. When a couple gets married, the father goes out with the wife, leaving the older brother with the children.
In some families, the older brother plays the role of the chief or leader. He is the chief among equals, has more say in the day to day decisions, and makes the final decisions about major events in the family. Sometimes this role is played by another man, called a half-brother. A half-brother may be younger than either of the brothers, but may be of the same age.
Usually one brother stays home with the children, doing most of the work around the house. The other stays at home with the wife, and both share chores around the house, according to custom. It can get complicated if there are teenagers in the family, as the teenager may have difficulty answering the phone when his brother calls. Some half-brothers do not feel like they are part of the family. They feel like an alien in their own household.
John and Peter Osmond grew up in a strong Christian family. They were considered the best couples in their church, and the couple later had five children. John and Peter had a strong bond, and were good friends. One of John and Peter’s sons was named Rob, and the two became close friends. The couple’s oldest daughter is named Deborah, and she is very close to the family.