This is the most useful thing I’ve ever reblogged.
I’ve been trying to explain to people for so long that second cousins are like your cousins (your generation) but their sibling relation is though your grandparents, not your parents.
ooooo, that’s what people mean by once removed, this all makes sense now
I spend so much time explaining this stuff. Usually to my own cousins.
My extended family is rather close, and explaining connections has gotten so annoying we’ve given up all of that in favor of:
Older non-parent relative - Uncle/Aunt
Younger non-offspring - Nephew/Niece
Roughly the same age - cousin.
I think I’m still cool with that.
I always call the “first cousin once removed” my “second cousin.”