16 Things Only Half-Siblings Understand

For the last time, same father, different mother. Why is that so hard to understand?

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1. You may have a considerably large age gap.

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The case of the modern family — we get divorced, we find love again, we bring new life into the world. But all over a period of time.

2. And if you have a large age difference, sometimes people make the uncomfortable mistake of thinking you're a parent to your little half-sibs.

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Umm, no, not my daughter. My sister. Why must you presume?

3. You and your half-sib might look very different.

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"Wait, you guys are related?"

5. But you love it when people think you two really DO look alike!

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You see it, right?

6. And you always feel beyond excited when people ask out of the blue, “Are you two sisters/brothers?”

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WHY YESSS! Yes we are!

8. And then people don’t understand why you WOULDN’T just always label your sib as your HALF-SIBLING.

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Because that’s not how we feel, mkay?

9. There is no word for the parent you don’t share.

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My half-sister’s mom is my, uh, well she’s … um? Not my mom.

10. And if you grew up in a household with the parent of your half-sibling that you don’t share, you may still feel related to that parent.

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OK, let me explain: Say you have the same father, and you live with your dad and your half-sibling’s mom (dad’s wife). You may still feel like your step-mom is your mom because you have a link to her (your wonderful half-sib!).

11. The first question people ask after finding out you’re half-siblings is, “Same mother or same father?”

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::Trying to figure this out…::

12. Dealing with the fact that your half-sib might have a full-sibling. And like, does that make you something less?

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Keepin' jealousy in check since 1985.

13. You may have a very large (and perhaps complicated) family.

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Definitely not a bad thing in your world.

14. Although one weird thing is that your half-sib has a whole other family outside of you.

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What do you mean you’re having Christmas with your other dad?

15. If you're the younger half-sibling, you had a moment growing up when you grasped the concept of half vs. whole siblings. And it was kind of confusing.

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Because aren't we still brother/sister? But not ALL THE WAY? What? What are you sayingggg???