Dear Dr. Laura,
I agree with your statement about the importance of siblings. I have 6 sisters, 3 older and 3 younger. I have heard all the comments possible about so many girls. "I feel bad for your Dad" or "What an emotional house that must have been." And those were the nice ones. I agree when there was a lot of us at home there was drama and we had our share of fights. I also admit we weren't rich and resources had to be shared, which at the time I complained about. I was dumb and ignorant then. But what it taught me was to cooperate, share, and know what the important things in life really are.
In college (all 7 of us have a degree) I had a roommate ask me if I wished I would have had less sisters so I could have had a bigger Christmas! That has never left me.
I love all my sisters with all my heart and wherever I live, I always have 6 best friends. I wouldn't trade that for all the money in China. We get together every year (with no husbands and children) and laugh so hard we hurt. I, of course, give credit to my parents for having us, raising us with values, and teaching us what is important. I have one girl and two small boys. I wish my daughter had a sister, but she has girl cousins who are her best friends.
With my husband, 5-year-old boy and 3-year-old boy, I am learning quickly how boys think and act. I love it, and what an adventurous life it is giving me!
Thanks for all you do for families. Because of you I am a stay at home Mom.