iMindMap Terminology – Parent, Child and Sibling Explained

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iMindMap is really very easy to use and after a while once you have got the basics under your belt, you will want to start using some of the more sophisticated and advanced features.  You may well discover how to use them yourself after a bit of trial and error, but the chances are you will dig into the help files and user manual that come with the software.  If you do, there is some terminology that might be useful to explain.

You will find that when talking about the organization of branches you will see these terms “Parent”, “Child” and “Sibling”.

The meaning of them is commonsense once you orientate yourself to the terms in the context of the branches on your Mind Map so let me explain by first of all showing you a Map.

the Parent, Child Sibling relationship in iMindMap

Parent Relationship

When a branch has other branches coming off from it, then that branch is said to be the Parent of those branches.  So in the Mind Map above, Sibling 1 is the Parent to Child 1,2 and 3.  Technically speaking the central image is the Parent to the main branches but is rarely referred to as that because it is an important entitiy in its own right.

Sibling Relationship

Where branches emanate from the same point – either from the main central image or the end of the same branch, then they are called sibling branches.  So in the above Mind Map the branches labeled Sibling 1,2 and 3 form that relationship.  However if you look at Child 1, 2 and 3, because they originate from the same branch they are also in a sibling relationship with each other.

Child Relationship

“Child Branches” is the term given to sub-branches i.e. those that emanate from the end of the same  branch and are shown as Child1, 2 and 3 in the above Mind Map.

All of this is very straightforward and once it clicks you will understand and the terminology will simply roll off your tongue and these ideas will be the talking point next time you are at the bar with your friends.  Of course if you are under 18 (or 21 in some states) then you won’t be allowed in the bar to talk about this so you will have to find a small coffee shop or juice bar to gather.

If you don’t have a copy of iMindMap then we suggest you download the free trial version to try it out for yourself so you can see just how easy this is to use.

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