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SibNews – Dec 2020-Feb 2021

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SIBNEWS COVER - DEC 2020Click to download your newest issue of SibNews

Inside:

  • Young siblings use grateful to build resilience
  • Grandmother tells how she sees her sibling grandchildren
  • Allergy-friendly soup recipe
  • CALENDAR of 2021 events, including Sib Camps
  • Sibling Voices: Stories of Hope
  • More!

SibNews – September 2020

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  • Meet Cate Ellis, a senior at UW-Oshkosh, and learn her story of struggle and triumph as a sister.

 

  • Find out what Kelly of Waterford wishes she had known before her sister with a seizure disorder was hospitalized.

 

  • Enjoy photos from SibDays of Summer and Teen Sib Leadership activities this summer.

This issue was written and designed by our Sibling Summer Interns, Zoe and Randy. Get to know them, along with our new Youth Coordinator on page 4. CLICK TO READ NOW

NOTE: This issue does not contain our usual Calendar of Events. Continue to watch for website, Facebook, and email announcements to get the latest updates.

 


Special SAFER AT HOME SibNews for you

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This special issue of SibNews features WisconSibs locked down during “safer at home” orders. DOWNLOAD NOW

 

  • Hear Courtney, a teacher and a mother of 3 siblings, tell how her family has changed during the lock down.

 

  • Be inspired by Stephenie Mlodzik’s siblings revealing rainbows in the clouds.

 

 

PLUS

  • High school and college WisconSibs tell it like it is in “What Siblings Would Like Parents to Know During This Pandemic”
  • Fresh Chive Soup recipe
  • MORE

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SibNews is here!

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This issue is filled with stories and information about:

  • Sibling’s Choice Awards – Siblings tell what caregivers for their sisters and brothers mean to them.
  • Upcoming Sibshop and Sib Camp dates and information
  • Why your sister may be the best thing to happen to you
  • Recipe for a quick, tasting dessert
  • Calendar of events for Dec 2019-January 2020 and beyond

To view or print, click Dec 2019-Jan 2020 SibNews

 


Aug-October 2019 issue of SibNews NOW available

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You’ll find all kinds of news for and about siblings of people with disabilities, like:

SibNews Aug-Oct 2019

  • Fall Sibshops starting in September
  • Eben’s story for our 20 Sibs/20 Stories series
  • Teen Sib Leadership and Summer Interns
  • Sibling’s Choice Nominations open
  • Calendar for WisconSibs
  • Golf FORE Children and Celebrate Sisterhood fundraisers
  • More

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International Podcast Spotlights WisconSibs

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This week Harriet had the pleasure of talking with Jim Masters, host of CUTV News, during a podcast for this international news program.

To listen, go to

https://www.blogtalkradio.com/cutvnewsradio/2019/08/01/cutv-news-spotlights-harriet-redman-of-wisconsibs

(Harriet’s words start at about 5:00)

 

 

APPLETON, WI—If you take a close look at Harriet Redman you will realize she is a woman of incredible wisdom and strength. This is first and foremost because she raised a son born in 1992 with a rare chromosomal abnormality that affected Phillip’s ability to walk, speak, and meet many developmental milestones. Harriet and her family, which included older sibling Christiana, were determined that Phillip be an involved and included member of the family and one day, while playing their special version of soccer, Christiana vocalized a very adult thought for a seven year old: “What will happen one day when you and Daddy die?”

 

It’s a question many siblings of special needs kids will have, but fear to express, and it led to the founding of the non-profit organization WisconSibs (which happened officially in 1998.) Since then, this noteworthy organization has continued to grow, launch or partner in programs, and provide the circle of support that is so vital to the siblings of children diagnosed with conditions. When a child has a mental, medical, genetic or developmental diagnosis, it disrupts the family–their time, budgets, attention, energy, sleep, careers, etc.  Siblings, although they love to help, can experience guilt or short-term resentment. With the support of an organization like WisconSibs, which provides help across Wisconsin, siblings learn to develop resiliency, natural leadership skills, and coping strategies. Most importantly, Harriet says, they realize they are not the only ones in this crazy position, and that’s utterly empowering.

 

WisconSibs provides many different programs that help children ages 6 to 12 to feel supported, talk about their roles, face doubts, and learn what to expect as both siblings grow into adults. One of those programs is Sibshop, an award-winning workshop that was first launched by Don Meyer in Seattle, Washington. They also run summer camp programs, both day and sleepover, where siblings discuss concerns and joys while having fun, engaging in recreation, and getting the respite time that is important to everyone in the family. WisconSibs also engages families in activities that help create awareness or raise funds such as the Sibs are My Peeps contest which recreates family engagement using the marshmallow candies. Recently, they began to test a new program geared to siblings from ages 3 to 5, so they can learn to understand and express what happens in their families.

 

In her radio show, Harriet is going to talk about these various programs, how and why her organization was founded, and home in on the crucial role that siblings have when someone in the family has an illness or disability. She will also stress how important it is for society and service providers to embrace the needs of the sibling (and not just the client or parents ) We salute her for her brave efforts and look forward to learning all she has to share–including how motivated people can donate to this wonderful non-profit!


And the finalists are….

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WOW!!  The Peeps really came out in force this spring!  More than 30 entries in our recent Sibs Are My Peeps photo contest. This annual awareness raising event brings out the most creative, most fun-loving peeps. See the results!

Congratulations to our finalists:

  • Taelyn, Gia, and Maribel from Brillion for “Peep on Swimming”
  • Glenbrook Elementary School – Mrs. Rettler’s class for “Go Peeps Go”
  • Anna & Analiese from New London/Hortonville, WI for “Peeps Grand Cinema”
  • Leah Quinn from Neenah for “Peep Yoga Studio”
  • The staff and clients of CP Fox Cities for “Party on Peepabago”
  • A2Z Design from Appleton for “Peeps Be Chillin'”
  • Elise from Appleton for “Peepin’ Around the Farm”
  • Penelope from Hortonville for “Peeps Cabin”

and honorable mention from entries by Denmark High School Photography students.

See all the 2019 Sibs Are My Peeps entries by clicking 2019 Sibs Are My Peeps


Oct-Dec 2018 SibNews: News for and about siblings of people with disabilities

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This issue features articles:

DISTANCE MAKES THE HEART GROW – How a long-distance caregiver keeps stays close to her sisters

HOLIDAY STRESS – How siblings compare to the general population and tips for dealing with the frenzy.

YOU MIGHT BE A CAREGIVER IF… What would you add?

WHERE-THE-SUN-DON’T-SHINE Green Tomato Soup recipe

Calendar for October, November, December