10 Reasons Why Having a Little Brother Is the Best

10 Reasons Why Having a Little Brother Is the Best

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I've seen countless articles about all types of sibling relationships. However, one that I rarely see is that of the big sister-little brother relationship. As someone who has that relationship, I think that is a shame. So, instead of sitting around and scrolling through all the other articles, I thought it was time to enlighten the world to how awesome the big sister-little brother sibling dynamic is.

My brother and I are two years apart in age, so we've always been very close. Naturally, there were those few years that involved constant fighting and him blaming everything on me and somehow never getting in trouble while I took all the heat. To this day, I think he's only been in trouble about three times in his life. Me, well, let's not get into it. Unevenness in parenting aside, by the time I hit high school, it was smooth sailing. He and I became best friends, and have been ever since.

Having your little brother as your best friend is one of the greatest things that can happen. I could probably write a three thousand word article about how great it is, but in the spirit of my little brother (a man of few words), I thought I'd keep it short, sweet and to the point. So, without further ado, here are ten reasons why having a little brother is the best.

1. You've got a permanent partner-in-crime.
Whether said crime involves sneaking around your parents or is just something silly, you best believe your little brother is going to be raising some hell with you.

2. He doesn't sugarcoat anything.
No, seriously, he won't. Even if what he says hurts your feelings, he'll give it to you straight because he knows you both deserve and need to hear the truth.

3. Your mistakes weren't a waste; he got to learn firsthand from them.
At least for me, I had my fair share of slip ups growing up. But now, instead of looking back and being super embarrassed and/or ashamed, I can feel like they (possibly) were worth it, as my little brother got to learn what not to do.

4.) He always has your back.
Through thick and thin, your little brother will always have your back. It doesn't matter what happens (though if it's your fault/very stupid I'm sure he'll let you know), he's always going to be there.

5. You have someone you each can give and get advice from.
Not only do you get to give your sage life advice to him, but you can get some in return. For him, you may let him know how to handle your mom when she's in a bad mood, what it's like out in the real world (college) or maybe even just girl advice. For you, he could let you know what's actually still cool nowadays (you'd be surprised how out of the loop you get when you leave home), some help reacquainting to life back home and of course, some advice about boys. But not too much, he doesn't want to know details, trust me.

6. You always have someone in your corner supporting you.
Through all my different endeavors in life, from skating to theater to writing, my brother has always supported and cheered me on. But only if I was actually good at it; if I started to suck, he would let me know.

7. Despite being younger, he's still protective.
Don't get me wrong, I am UBER-protective of my little brother. However, just because he's younger, doesn't mean he's not protective of you, either. Quite the opposite, actually.

8. He'll help you get over exes in his own special way.
Brothers in general will want to help you move on and get over your ex, but a little brother has his own special spin. Since he knows he's younger and you're going to make decisions despite his advice, he'll just say it like it is (as he usually does). No seriously, when I went through a break up before college, my brother looked at me and said, "Honestly, Caitlin, who cares, you're in college now, you're going to be fine." Always blunt and to the point.

9. You can always be yourself with him.
This one is obvious. You two know each other like the back of your hands, so even if you did try to fake it, he'd call you out in a heartbeat.

10. You get to watch (and maybe even help) him grow into the most awesome person around.
This is my favorite reason. I've gotten to watch him grow up in every sense of the word. Right before my eyes, he went from a small boy who I could easily take down if he needed to be taught a lesson to a (still growing) man who I don't stand a chance in a fight with now. Not only that, I've watched him mature. I've seen him accomplish his goals. I've also seen him (very rarely) fall short. I've gotten a front-row seat to watch this amazing kid grow up. And maybe, just maybe, I got to help him along in the process. What more could you ask for in life?

Well, there you have it, 10 reasons why having a little brother is awesome. Not to be biased or anything, but I think this is the best sibling relationship around. I got pretty lucky that my little brother is great, too. He probably won't read this anyway, as he doesn't go on social media often and it's most likely still too wordy and emotional for his liking, but hey, at least it's out there.

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From making sure the car seat is strapped in properly before every trip, to watching baby boy breathe while he sleeps, you'll never meet someone, besides mommy and daddy of course, who is more concerned with the safety of that little person than me.

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When you make a girl an aunt, she gets to skip on the difficulty of disciplining.

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When you make a girl an aunt, you give her the best listening ears.

As of right now I only listen to the sweet coos and hungry cries but I am fully prepared to listen to all the problems in his life in the future.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the best advice giver.

By the time my nephew needs advice, hopefully, I will have all of my life lessons perfected into relatable stories.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her a number-one fan

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When you make a girl an aunt, she learns what true love is.

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I wonder if you'd be proud of me.

My first thought when I wake up in the morning is whether or not you still think of me. I think about if I am wearing the right outfit if I were to see you that day. I think about if I am saying the right thing for you to want to want me again.

Throughout my day, I think about whether or not you're happy. I wonder if the feeling in my heart of missing who I thought you were is making its way to you. Sometimes I think about what I did to make you hate me as much as you do.

Sometimes when things get really hard, I think about picking up the phone to call you. Time keeps passing from the last time I saw you and during that time I've painted a picture of you that would probably only disappoint me in the end. Your phone number still sits in my phone and I go to your contact, wanting to call, but knowing that at the other end is not the person I used to know.

I wonder if you watch me. I wonder if the posts I make, pictures I post, and articles I write are viewed by you and whether or not you care to even search my name. I wonder if you ask people about me or if you care to know the person I am today.

Without you, I have changed. It has been two years and though time will only continue moving on without you, I wonder what would have happened if I didn't make the choices I made to make you react in the way you have.

When the sun shines bright on the flowers blooming around campus, I think of your jokes and sarcastic wit. When the rain pours from the sky and keeps me imprisoned within the walls of a building, I think of ways I felt imprisoned by you. When clouds form shapes in the sky that I can make stories out of, I think of the way life could've been.

Sometimes I write to you. They are the letters I can never send because I have to remind myself that though we knew each other once, you do not know me anymore. The picture in my mind of who you are now is someone who'd love me with open arms, but I know that there's no truth in that. It's only my wishful thinking out to break my heart once more.

I wonder if you hear me when I try talking to you. I wonder if the words I tell God are making their way to you as you go on living the life we always talked about when times get tough. I wonder if you're talking to God about me.

As I watch the sunset, I think about the last moment I was with you. As that chapter ended, I was only wishfully thinking that walking away would save me from further pain. In the end, I don't know about how life would've been different had it not happened.

When my picture of you gets too bright and I share it with others, I am reminded of reality. The screaming, crying, pushing, shoving, and hitting touches my skin once more in the form of flashbacks that push me further down into the depths of a depression. I am reminded of the hundreds of suicidal thoughts and letters that I've written once before.

No matter what, my heart still yearns for a hug. A hug where I can bury myself into your body and feel safe. A hug where I forget every worry in my mind and focus solely on the love.

I wonder if you'd still love me if I changed myself to be the person you've always wanted me to be. I wonder if you'd forgive me for walking away, even if it was for me to change to be a better person. I wonder if you'll ever even read this.

Days like today, I want to go back in time. I sit on the benches around campus and look up at the sky, down at the cars passing by, and listen to life move on all around me as I remain stuck. I hear people talking, see them laughing, and wonder if there's any way I could one day feel as alive as they do.

The truth is that I was never enough for you. No matter how much I changed, kept notes of what you liked so I could be like that, or just kept my head down and moved silently, nothing was ever enough.

No matter what, though, I still yearn to be loved in the way that I picture you should've loved me. Closure does not exist. You were the ones who were supposed to hold me down. But now I am nothing to you...I was always nothing to you.

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