Interview with Sidra

Once again, my granddaughter Sidra and I set aside some time to chat about what is happening in her life. We started this just before her brother Will was born (Being a New Sibling, 6 Months Later: Being a New Sibling, Sib Interview – One Year Followup). The Interview: J: It’s been a while since […]

Catching Up

Joy, my wife, and I are visiting our kids and grandkids. William will be turning two years of age this week; Sidra is ten. I started interviewing her just before her baby brother was born. She was so excited then. For the past couple of years we’ve chatted about sibling hood and other events in […]

Ten Years of Age

Sidra, my granddaughter had her tenth birthday today. She was so excited last night that she could hardly sleep. Today, we all went to the American Girl store where she had the time of her life. When we got home, there was some down time before her party later in the day. While Sidra was […]

Sidetracked

Original and modified mission I really don’t want my blog to turn into a diary of my daily life. I must keep reminding myself of my original mission, which was to address all aspects of autism and mental health; my personal experience with autism as a sibling of a low functioning, autistic individual; family relationships, and related […]

Sib Interview – One Year Followup

Last year, I interviewed my granddaughter, Sidra, just before her brother Will was born. Tomorrow (4-17-14) will be Will’s first birthday. I asked Sidra to chat with me again about her first year as a big sister. (See also Interview at 6 months.) Sidra (9 years old): Year one: I was so excited because I […]

6 Months Later: Being a New Sibling

Six months ago, I interviewed my granddaughter just before her baby brother was born. Sidra agreed to speak with me once again at a later time to give me an update. We began our chat toward the end of the massage she was giving William. Here is our conversation: Zayde (me): What is it like […]

Sidereal Lessons

I enjoyed interviewing my granddaughter yesterday. Within a couple of days, she will become an older sister. As she intimated to me yesterday, she has wanted a baby brother or sister her entire life. She is afraid that she will feel jealous and that she wont know the right things to do to take care […]