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How to Be a Supportive Sibling

Sibling relationships can be very meaningful and intimate, but it is common for people to drift apart as they grow older and build their own families and other relationships. Distance can also make it harder to maintain supportive sibling relationships, but you can still maintain them with some effort. Even if you are not super close to your sibling, they will often end up being lifelong and important. As a person with siblings, you may wonder how you can support and care for your sibling. You can be supportive by communicating effectively with them and by being there for them during difficult times. You can also try to get along well with your sibling so you can both enjoy each other’s company and support each other.

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EditBeing There For Your Sibling in Difficult Times
Contact them on a regular basis. If your sibling is going through a difficult time, such as a break up, the loss of a friend, or the loss of their job, stay in touch with them on a regular basis. Call them or text them daily with a friendly, “How are you?” or “How’s it going?” Send them funny videos or images to cheer them up, especially if you know they are not feeling great.[1]
Staying in contact with your sibling will let them know that you care about them and that you are there for them. Even a quick message once a day can make them feel supported and less alone.

Have weekly lunch or dinner plans. To be there for your sibling, set up weekly plans where you get together face to face and catch up. Try to schedule regular weekly lunches or dinners with your sibling and commit to them. Having quality one on one time with your sibling can make your bond stronger and make them feel you are supporting them.
You may have your sibling over for dinner at your home or switch between their home and your home. You can also suggest meeting for lunch at a place you both like so the environment feels comforting.

Offer to help them with chores or other commitments. If your sibling appears overwhelmed due to stress or anxiety, give them a helping hand. Help them do chores they do not have the time or energy to do. Offer to help them complete tasks and commitments so they have time for themselves to relax and unwind.
For example, if your sibling is not able to prepare their own meals due to an illness, bring them take out or prepare home cooked meals for them.

Suggest they speak to a professional. If your sibling is struggling with their mental and physical health, you may suggest that they speak to a counselor or a therapist. Part of supporting your sibling is being honest with them and letting them know you are worried or concerned about them. They may need help beyond what you can provide as a sibling and a professional therapist or counselor may be the right answer.[2]
You may contact a mental health clinic nearby to see if there is a counselor your sibling could speak to. If your sibling lives on campus or goes to school, you can suggest that they speak to a school counselor.

EditCommunicating Effectively with Your Sibling
Share your feelings with your sibling. A big part of being supportive of your sibling is making sure you are honest and share your feelings with them. Don’t be shy about sharing how you are feeling. Tell your sibling when you are feeling emotional and be honest with them. Use “I” statements when you express your feelings.[3]
For example, you may tell your sibling, “I am feeling down today” or “I want to support you right now, even though I’ve had a long day.”

Be a good listener. Support your sibling by being a good listener, so they feel they can confide in you. Maintain eye contact with your sibling and nod as they speak to show them you are listening. Avoid interrupting them and wait until they are done speaking to ask them thoughtful questions.[4]
Try to practice active listening, where you listen to your sibling speak without interruption. Then, once they are done, respond by repeating back what they said to you. You may say, “What I’m hearing you say is…” or “What I think you meant is…”. Once they have confirmed you heard them correctly, you can respond to them.

Doing active listening will ensure you are both communicating effectively with one another and listening to each other closely.

Offer guidance and advice. If your sibling confides a problem or issue to you, try to offer guidance and advice. Listen to what they have to say first and then ask them thoughtful questions. Wait for your sibling to ask for your opinion or for advice before you give it.
Make suggestions, offer advice, but do not pressure your sibling to take your advice. Ultimately, they are their own person and should make their decisions on their own.

For example, you may offer advice to your sibling by saying, “In my opinion…” or “My advice is to…”.

EditGetting Along with Your Sibling
Avoid conflicts and arguments with your sibling. Sibling rivalry is common and this can often lead to fighting and arguing. Support your sibling by trying to get along with them. Avoid petty arguments and fights. Use your communication skills to mediate any issues you might have with your sibling.[5]
Take a time out if you get upset. Step away from the conversation and take a five-minute time out where you go off on your own to calm down and think. Then, return and start the conversation again with your sibling in a more relaxed manner.

Support your sibling if they have a conflict with your family. Sometimes siblings can be divided when one sibling sides with one parent or with other relatives. Try to support your sibling when they are in a conflict with a family member, even if you may not agree with their choice. Listen to their concerns and remind them that you love and care for them, despite the conflicts in the family.
For example, you may say to your sibling, “I don’t agree with you siding with mom on this issue. But I want you to know that I love and care for you. I will support you.”

Try a new hobby or activity together. Support your sibling by doing a new hobby or activity together. This way you can both bond and feel acknowledged. Having a hobby or activity in common can help you and your sibling bond. It will also allow you to both support each other and recognize each other’s accomplishments.[6]
Take a fitness class, a craft class, or a cooking class together. Try a new hobby like knitting, painting, or tackle a new video game.

Spend quality time with your sibling. Make sure you devote a portion of your schedule to spending quality time with your sibling. Have a meaningful conversation over lunch. Spend time doing a fun activity together, like preparing a meal, listening to music, or going for a walk.[7] Having regular quality time with your sibling will take time and effort, but this will help to maintain your relationship.
If you and your sibling both have your own families, then plan family outings together and make time for family get-togethers.

Stay in contact with your nieces and nephews. If you have nieces and nephews, then be a good uncle/aunt by keeping regular contact with them.

You can also involve your other family members and spend time together as a family. Doing this can make you all feel supported and loved. Your sibling may also feel they can lean on their other family members, as well as you.

Plan a trip to visit your sibling once per year if they live far away.

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Today in History for 10th April 2019

Historical Events

837 – Comet 1P/837 F1 (Halley) approaches within 0.0334 AUs of Earth
847 – St Leo IV begins his reign as Catholic Pope
879 – Louis III becomes King of West Francia
1863 – Confederate General Earl Van Dorn attacks at Franklin, Tennessee
1939 – Colijn’s Dutch government opens camp Westerbork for German Jews
1982 – LA Kings losing 5-0 to Edmonton in 3rd period, win in OT 6-5

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Famous Birthdays

1741 – Basílio da Gama, Portuguese poet (O Uraguai), born in Tiradentes, Minas Gerais, Colony of Brazil (d. 1795)
1837 – Forceythe Willson, American poet (The Old Sergeant), born in Little Genesee, New York (d. 1867)
1903 – Clare Boothe Luce, American politician and U.S. ambassador to Italy, born in NYC, New York (d. 1987)
1926 – Junior Samples, American comedian and country singer (Hee Haw), born in Cumming, Georgia (d. 1983)
1940 – Gloria Hunniford [Mary Winifred Gloria Hunniford], British broadcaster and actress (Old Curiosity Shop), born in Portadown, Northern Ireland
1976 – Sara Renner, Canadian cross-country skier, born in Golden, British Columbia, Canada

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Famous Deaths

1945 – Charles Nordhoff, English-born writer (b. 1887)
1956 – Clarence Beaumont, 1st batter in 1st World Series, dies at 75
1992 – Ken Ward, dies at 37
2010 – Maria Kaczyńska, Polish economist and First Lady of Poland, is killed in the crash of a Polish Air Force Tu-154 at 67
2011 – Mikhail Rusyayev, Russian footballer (b. 1964)
2013 – Robert Edwards, British physiologist, IVF pioneer, and Nobel laureate, dies at 87

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How to Wear a Cravat

Traced back to the military uniforms of 17th-century Croatian soldiers, the modern day cravat is a stylish alternative to the common necktie. Cravats are colorful pieces of fabric worn tied around the neck that can add visual interest to any outfit. With a few quick tips on tying and wearing cravats, you’ll be ready to sport this sophisticated neck piece with confidence!

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EditTying a Cravat
Hang a cravat around your neck so that one end is longer than the other. Position the cravat so that it hangs unevenly. One end should extend slightly longer than the other.[1]
Consider making whichever end is closer to your dominant hand the longer end to make tying a little easier.

Wrap the long end around the short end. Hold the long end of the cravat in one hand and wrap it across the front of the short end as you hold it tight with your other hand. Continue wrapping the long end around the back of the short end until you have completed one loop.[2]
Holding the cravat tightly as you wrap will help make the knot more secure.

Wrap it around again, then thread the long end through the neckband. Wrap the long end around the short end again, following exactly the same method as before. As you complete the second loop, thread the long end up through the center of the neckband.[3]
Pull the long end through the neckband just as you would with a regular necktie.

Pull the long end down over the front of the loop. Lift the long end up and over the loop once it has been threaded through the neckband. Pull the long end down in front of the loop until it is hanging straight down the front of your shirt.[4]
Be careful not to twist the fabric as you pull it over the loop in your neckband or it will not lie flat.

Tuck the cravat ends into your shirt or waistcoat. Make sure the fabric is lying flat against your chest as you tuck it in to securely fasten the cravat. You can either tuck the cravat inside your shirt or wear it on the outside of your shirt depending on the type of occasion you are attending.[5]
When attending a formal occasion such as a wedding, wear a formal cravat. Formal cravats are worn on the outside of your shirt and are tucked into your vest or waistcoat.

For a casual look, tuck the ends of your cravat inside of your shirt after tying it.

EditChoosing a Fabric and Color
Choose a silk cravat to go with a tuxedo. Purchase a silk cravat to wear with a tuxedo at a formal event such as a wedding. Silk cravats can also dress up an ordinary suit if you don’t have a tux.[6]
Silk is a very delicate fabric so make sure to treat your silk cravat with care by following any specific cleaning instructions.

Purchase a polyester cravat for everyday wear. Choose a cravat made of polyester that can be worn for everyday activities. Polyester cravats are more durable than silk and will hold up better to frequent wear.[7]
Purchasing a polyester cravat doesn’t mean you have to compromise on comfort. Most polyester cravats are just as soft and comfortable as silk!

Due to the nature of the fabric, polyester cravats can also accommodate a wider range of printed or woven designs than silk.

Match the color of your cravat to your vest. Wear a cravat that matches the color of your vest or waistcoat if you are wearing one. Choose a solid color for a formal look or consider a very subtle pattern.[8]
If you are attending a wedding, consider choosing a color that matches the theme of the event.

Choose a patterned cravat to add visual interest. Select a cravat with a pattern like paisley for an elegant look to dress up any casual outfit. Consider wearing a striped cravat for a classic look.[9]
Avoid selecting a patterned cravat that might clash with your shirt or suit. If your shirt has a pattern, consider wearing a cravat with a single color.

Match your cravat with a pocket square. Consider coordinating the color and pattern of your cravat with a pocket square placed in the pocket of your suit jacket. Match the colors exactly or choose a complimentary color to create a coordinated look.[10]
Pocket squares add extra style and interest to an ordinary suit.

EditWearing a Cravat with Different Outfits
Swap a tie for a cravat with a business suit. Complete your business look with a cravat rather than a necktie to add a unique style that will set you apart. Cravats are a less common accessory and a great way to add interest to a plain business suit.[11]
Cravats are worn more loosely around the neck than ties and are a cooler option during warmer months.

Add a cravat to a casual polo shirt. Dress up a casual polo shirt with a plaid or floral cravat to add an extra dose of style. Tie a casual cravat and tuck the fabric inside the front of your polo shirt.[12]
Unbutton the first few buttons of the polo shirt to expose more of the cravat.

Wear a cravat untied around your neck like a scarf. Layer a cravat with a sports coat or blazer and allow it to hang untied around your neck for a relaxed look. The cravat will create visual interest by adding a unique texture and color to your outfit.[13]
For a dressier look, wear a collared shirt underneath your sports coat and cravat.

For a more relaxed and edgy look, pair a casual t-shirt with your sports coat and cravat.

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