Stark wrote "My Sister, My Self," after interviewing more than 400 women, teens and girls. The book explores the unique bond between sisters and looks at ways that a woman's childhood relationships with her sister influences her in her adult life.
For many women, sisters are best friends and confidantes, even if they don't live near each other. I consider myself blessed to have four sisters, as well as three brothers.
There's almost 20 years' age difference between the youngest and oldest sister and I'm right in the middle. Life's never dull in a house with lots of girls.
As a parent, I've been privileged to watch how the relationship between my three children has grown and changed.
Sisters are friends for life. In honor of sisters everywhere, especially my four sisters and my two daughters, here are 10 ways that sisters are special.
A Sister is your first friend. From your sister, you learn how to give and take in relationships. You will use the skills learned from the relationships with your sister all through your life.
You share parents, toys, clothes and a room in your youth. You'll probably share laughter about your childhood and private jokes as you grow older.
A sister can always make you laugh. When you're young, your sister might make funny faces or put bunny ears over your head. As you grow older, your sister can make you laugh, even when facing difficulties.
A sister can teach you new things. When you're young, your sister might teach you how to count or spell. As you grow older, your sister may teach you how to make friends, dress to impress or overcome heartache.
A sister can be a great playmate. When you're young, you might play with Barbies, stuffed animals or dolls. As you grow older, you might enjoy playing cards or cooking together.
A sister might tease you or pick on you, but she will also protect you from all others. A sister's guidance and protection can last a lifetime.
You can share your secrets with your sister and she'll share her secrets with you. A sister can be easier to talk to about serious things than a parent, even when you're adults.
A sister can help you when you're afraid. Whether you're a young child afraid of the dark or an adult afraid of life, a sister will stand beside you, giving you strength.
A sister shares many of the same life experiences as you. Even if you're many years apart, the same home is where your story begins.
Although sisters sometimes argue and fight as children, your sister can grow up to be one of your best friends. As adults, your sister will listen when you need to talk and talk when she thinks you need to listen.
Sisters are a very special gift and I'm so grateful to be blessed with four of the best sisters in the world. Thanks to Sue, Kathy, Debbie and Nancy for being my sisters.