How Siblings Contribute to “The Good Life”

A new book finds that relationships — especially with siblings — make life fulfilling.

What can remain of a family murdered 52 years ago?

On my first trip to my mother’s town, Stockstadt am Rhein, I wondered if there would be any physical evidence of her past. “What can remain of a family destroyed fifty-two years earlier?” I wrote in my memoir, Motherland. I learned then that the past has peculiar ways of inserting itself into the present. When we first arrived in Germany, my mother turned to me and said, “We can’t leave ...

Three Hidden Influences in Sibling Relationships

Personification, core beliefs, trauma bonding, oh my!

A remarkable experience at Glenside Middle School!

  A student creates a paper stumbling stone to remember a Holocaust victim and teacher actually knew the man she memorialized!

BBC-Wales explores sibling estrangement and the Royals divide

Price Harry's memoir, Spare, has sparked interest in sibling estrangement. Here, BBC-Wales addresses the subject and also explores the rarely discussed topic of estrangement due to religious differences. #siblings #estrangement #royals #cutout #alienation #silenttreatment #family #familydynamics

Former Jewish homes in Germany: “I felt like a thief!”

Most homes in Germany are handed down from one generation to the next. My mother’s family, the Westerfelds, had built their house in Stockstadt am Rhein in 1721, and they lived in it for 200 years. In 1939, when my grandparents were desperate for money, one of the town’s prominent Nazis pressured the family into selling the Westerfeld home for next to nothing. Eventually, the home was handed down to ...

Prince Harry’s tell-all memoir spotlights sibling bullying

In his new memoir, Spare, Prince Harry reveals a pattern of behavior during his youth in which his brother, Prince William, routinely ignored, rejected, or bullied Zuiderpark, Den Haag. 09 mei 2019Prins Harry stapte de Invictus Games 2020 officieel af. Vanaf nu, over een jaar mei 2020 zijn de Invictus Games 2020 in het Zuiderpark te Den Haag en Eindhoven.Foto: Boogschieten is helemaal niet moeilijk, Prins Harry kan het ook! ...

So many families are living with estrangement

New blog post explores the reasons why so many are estranged. * Recent polls show that roughly a fourth of those surveyed are not speaking to a member of their family. * The family is undergoing some of the most rapid changes in history, and that has contributed to estrangements. * A poll in October 2022 found that nearly one in five voters report that politics upset their friendships ...

Author featured in HuffPost article about family estrangement and politics

“A blunt social media post, a slip on the family text thread, a careless remark during a holiday celebration — the smallest offense can shatter a sibling bond made brittle by intense political partisanship.” - FERN SCHUMER CHAPMAN, AUTHOR OF “BROTHERS, SISTERS, STRANGERS: SIBLING ESTRANGEMENT AND THE ROAD TO RECONCILIATION"

USAToday article on sibling estrangement quotes author