i read this little quote about sisters and it did my heart good--
during a study (a part of BYU's Flourishing Families Project* ) this bit of info was discovered:
"Sisters seemed to help siblings avoid negative emotions. Those adolescents with sisters were less likely than those without sisters to indicate feeling lonely, unloved, guilty, self-conscious and fearful. It didn't matter whether the sister was younger or older, or how far apart the siblings were age-wise."
when i read this, i was flooded with gratitude. as well as relief.
sometimes it seems like all my girls do is fight, argue, yell, argue, and fight a bit more.
but then, i remembered doing some (or MORE!) of the same with my older sister, loni. and i couldn't love her more now that we are both grown women. (or at least she is.)
so! there IS light at the end of the tunnel.....
*the study included 395 families with more than one child, at least one of whom was an adolescent between the ages of 10 and 14.