When my son and daughter were young I couldn’t tell their voices apart on the phone. I didn’t want to ask them which one I was talking to so I taught them the word sibling.
“Hi, it’s Dad checking in. How are you?”
I can’t tell which one it is.
“What are you doing?”
“I’m just doing my homework.”
I still don’t know which one it is.
“What is your sibling doing?”
“I’m not sure. He’s in his bedroom.”
Nailed it – it was my daughter on the phone. I could then start calling her by name.
I don’t know how many preteens know the word sibling but I am glad my kids did.
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