10 Ways Your Sister Is Your Built-In Best Friend

10 Ways Your Sister Is Your Built-In Best Friend

There are so many reasons why having a sister is the best, but I narrowed it down to the ten BEST reasons.
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Having a sister is the absolute BEST. I was lucky enough to share a room with my sister pretty much our whole lives. Of course, I didn’t like sharing a room all the time, but in the end, it made us become much closer. There are so many reasons why having a sister is the best, but I narrowed it down to the ten best reason why I’m so lucky to have a sister!

1. Family events aren’t boring

There are those days when your parents (love you guys) will drag your family out to who-knows-where and have “family bonding”. This can be annoying, but if you have your best friend, aka your sister, the day will be bearable.

2. Sharing clothes

Your closet doubles when you have a sister! The struggle is real when a sister goes to college because you lose half of your closet. Sometimes I will steal some of my sister’s shoes before I go to college because I wear them more (sorry Ali-love you!!!)

3. New Music

This may be my favorite part of having a sister. We have a similar music taste, so she sends me new music all the time! Bonding over music is the best kind of bonding.

4. Someone to do your hair

There is nothing worse than not knowing if the back of your hair is straight because you can’t reach. When you have a sister, she is able to check the back of your hair and get the pieces that aren’t completely straight.

5. She’s known you longer than anyone, so she gets you

Anytime I’m struggling or having a crisis, I can call my sister because she will know exactly what to do. She knows how my brain works, so she knows how to calm me down.

6. You have someone to share your secrets with

The bond between two sisters is unreal. Secrets told will go to the grave with your sister. You never have to worry about her telling your secrets, and you would never share hers!

7. Nights full of laughter

Like I said, my sister and I shared a room our whole lives. There were so many nights we didn’t want to go to bed so we would stay up watching funny videos or just telling each other funny stories we have made up.

8. Inside jokes

There are about a million inside jokes you two have that no one will understand, and that’s okay!

9. She'll be honest with you

Because she loves you so much, your sister will be brutally honest with you. Even though you don’t want to hear it, it’s what you need to hear.

10. She’ll never judge you

Your sister has seen you at your weirdest, so you know she will never judge you. You can be yourself around her, and it’s the best.
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An Open Letter to the Best Friend I Didn't See Coming

Some people come into your life and change you forever—thanks, bestie.
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Dear best friend,

I wasn't expecting you when God placed you in my life. I had my friends. I had my people. I wasn't exactly open to the idea of new meaningful friendships because I had the ones I needed, and it didn't seem like I really needed anybody new.

Thank God that was false. Sometimes you meet people and you just know that you're going to be good friends with. Sometimes you meet people and you realize that there is no such thing as chance. I think God has a funny way of making it seem as if the things that happen to us are by chance, but honestly, that’s a load of crap. If the biggest moments of our lives were left up to chance, then I believe that would make God out to seem as if he didn’t care. It would make it seem as if He was truly abandoning me and making me face some of my most important seasons fully isolated. But you, best friend, are a true testament to the fact that God doesn’t just leave such important aspects up to chance. Thank you for taking a chance on our friendship, and thank you for allowing me to take a chance on what I didn’t realize would be the most impactful friendship in my entire life.

Thank you for being real with me. Thank you for not sugar coating things. Thank you for telling me when I have a bad attitude. Thank you for loving me through my mistakes. Thank you for supporting me in my decisions, even if it isn’t always the decision you would make. Thank you for wanting the best for me, and for making that your true intent behind the words that you say to me, whether they be constructive criticism or encouragement.

Thank you for being a goof with me. Thank you for putting me first. Thank you for seeing the importance of our friendship. Thank you for making time in your schedule for us to just sit and do homework, eat Mexican food, or sit on the porch and listen to music that emotionally wrecks you.

You’re one of a kind. You’re a shoulder to lean on. You’re a safe place. You’re a free spirit. You’re rough and tough, but your heart melts for the people you love and it’s obvious. You’re more than meets the eye. You are worth getting to know. You are worth loving. You pursue people. You are passionate about your future. You are everything that a person needs, and I really thank God that for some reason you continue to choose to be in my life. Thank you for literally dragging me up my mountains of fear when I want to stay exactly where I am at and wallow in the sadness. You bring joy—true joy—wherever you go. You are my best friend, confidant, and biggest fan. You will be the Maid of Honor, Godmother, and fun Aunt.

I used to think lifelong friendships weren’t really a thing. It just seemed like people always grew apart and forever was never a point that was attainable. Best friends forever is a cliché phrase that is continuously overused nowadays (sometimes, I even used to make light of it), but thanks for making that a reality. You are truly the best friend I could have asked for. So thank you for it all. You make life more fun, and I couldn’t thank God more for making an incredible human, friends with me.

I love you, pal!

JQ

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7 Reminders To Have A Healthy Relationship With Your Younger Sibling

If you have a bad relationship with your sibling, here are ways to create the relationship you desire.

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My mom would always preach to cut my younger brother slack because he just wants my attention and it's not until recently I actually tried what my mom told me. Being the oldest of 6 I have had to learn pretty quickly that siblings can be difficult and that I have to find a way to make the relationship I have with them work. I have 6 reminders that I tell myself in the presence of a younger sibling that is turned a once hostile relationship into a family movie like one.

1. They are always watching.

No matter what you are doing younger siblings are always watching your every move trying to repeat you. As much as you don't want to hear this you are the biggest role model. Parents punish them and you are just the cool roommate that has more in common with the younger generation than you'd like to admit. Remember to watch what you do because they are going to watch you like a hawk and mimic everything you do. If you want your little brother to stop being mean to you, act kind and do nice things around him. Attempt to show him the correct way to act because the YouTubers he's watching aren't helping.

2. They don't know where the line is.

Kids are still learning and very immature. They have no idea what it means to go too far and cross the line. If your younger sibling hits you don't get mad and scream at them. Stay calm and tell them that that's not right, that hitting shouldn't be where they resort to. Remind yourself to stay calm and show them where the line is.

3. Invest an hour a week.

Just give your sibling an hour of your time a week. Whether it's going to the park, teaching them about something you're interested in or even playing a board game with them. When you give them some of your time they won't bother you all the time wanting your attention because they know sometime that week you'll give them a certain time block of it.

4. Have an actual conversation.

Don't just ask about their day, but actually talk about what they like. Treat your younger sibling as you would treat a friend during a conversation, with respect. Tell your younger siblings about whats going on in the world, tell them about your day, and listen to them when they want to talk.

5. Do not be jealous.

A lot of times the older sibling will be jealous that the younger sibling gets more attention from the parents which can foster negative emotions toward the younger sibling. If you have any jealousy toward your younger sibling just let it go. They need parents more than ever right now. Remind yourself that you had the same attention when you were their age.

6. Patience.

The number one reminder is to have patience. The relationship won't be amazing in one day it takes time to grow and develop. Kids will be kids and act like little punks, but patience will help keep all the progress made. Keep showing that positivity day in and day out and eventually the relationship you make with your siblings will flourish, it just takes some time.

7. Don't be the parent.

Although you may disagree with the way your parents are raising your younger sibling that doesn't give you the right to punish them your way. Younger siblings looks up to us differently as a parent, so don't treat them like offspring. Your parents deserve respect in the sense of raising your sibling the way they want even if its different than the way they brought you up. The relationship with a younger sibling is very fragile don't go messing things up because they got a cookie before bed when you didn't at their age.

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