A brother is somebody who shares one or more biological parents with another person. The female version of this is a sister, while the male version is a brother. Though the word traditionally refers to a familial relationship, occasionally it can be used quite charmingly to refer to non familial relationships. A full brother, also known as a first cousin, is usually a first degree family member.
There are a number of interesting differences between male and female siblings. One of the big differences is that in the case of boys, being adopted is the beginning of a new family relationship. In the case of girls, being adopted means a new relationship within the family. However, this is not always the case. If the child was born out of wedlock, then there would be no relationship between the adopted brother and the biological mother. A brother will only get to meet his adoptive brother once during the course of his adoption process.
Another difference is in the matter of role models. In the case of boys, most likely the older brother will take on the role of teaching the younger brother how to follow the rules and moral values of the family. This could mean that the adoptive brother will have a more traditional role model than the brother who has come from a different family.
In general, however, the adoptive brother has to be a good father. It is the responsibility of the natural father to provide his child a good start in life and the child looks up to him for guidance and approval. In the case of sisters, the role models can be either the mother or a brother. The adopted brother can learn lessons about being a good father from his biological father. This is not always the case with sisters who were made to be mothers.
Although it might seem like a disadvantage for the brother to have to adjust to the family’s rules, most experts agree that this is the only way that the brother will truly become comfortable in the new family environment. Although some might consider this disadvantage as good sense, there are many situations where it is not. For example, most families have rules that prevent the older brother from visiting the family home after the birth of his younger sibling. However, when the older brother finally visits, he might feel uncomfortable because he does not know any of the family members very well.
The only other situation that might lead to conflict between siblings is if they are from two entirely different cultures. In families with strong African American and Jewish traditions, there is the fear that the younger brother will be picked on because of his background. This is why Jewish families have a different set of rules for their children than most American families do. Jewish families do not have a “dob” which is another word for a younger brother. Also, an older brother who has come from a different culture might not be used to seeing his brothers from a different heritage.