Though my son Rivers is two years younger, he is very much the “big brother.” Rivers was five years old when he first told me about his plans to live with his older brother one day, when they became grown-ups. No one has ever communicated to my younger son any expectation that he ever act as a caregiver to his brother. We do, however, perpetuate the message that Isaiah’s safety and well-being prevails. It has to. 

Read Charlotte Schwartz’s article about planning for her son Isaiah’s future and the role his siblings will play in his care.