I decided to start blogging after a three hour late night googling of “siblings raising siblings.” The search came up short… practically an untapped subject. The big one was A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers. Besides that there was a Times article from 2001, an NPR radio interview from 2012, and some grief forums. The little bit I found- barley brushed the surface. How do teen siblings handle the transition from sister to parental figure? What do I need to know about the twins testing boundaries with our new relationship? Can I play both big sister and parent? Not to mention the legal process of making it all official, finances, missing my dad while being strong for the twins, juggling my romanic relationship and close friendships. How do people do this? I’m not alone. I know other big brothers and sisters have done this. However, I couldn’t find their stories. That is when I decided to share ours.
I am Isabel. In 2014, when I was 26, I became the lucky guardian of my little brother and sister, Jasper and Poppy, then 14- they’re twins. We also live with our middle sister Charlotte, 22 when this all started. We hope you enjoy our adventure of Sibs Raising Sibs.
New post are now every Tuesday!