10 Things To Thank Your Older Sister For

10 Things To Thank Your Older Sister For

You may bicker and argue, but nobody will be there for you unconditionally like an older sister.


Despite the hair pulling and fighting, growing up with a sister seven years older than me has been one of my saving graces. My sister has been my biggest supporter and motivator since the day I was born, and she has taught me how to navigate through all the hardships of life, while still keeping a smile on my face. She has made me into the best version of myself, so to my older sister: thank you.

1. Being your mentor. 

Being the little sister meant my older sis was always there me to teach me the ins and outs of dealing with friend drama, boy drama, and even the occasional annoying parents. I'll always be thankful to my sister for teaching me how to cope with all of life's ups and downs in the most graceful way possible.

2. Teaching you to hold your head high. 

Big sisters often seem to carry a wave of immeasurable confidence. When I was younger, I always looked up to my older sister and admired her ability to not let anyone knock the crown off her head, and I'm happy she was able to teach me to always hold my head high.

3. Being your number one fan. 

I can honestly say that my sister is my biggest supporter. She never fails to tell me how proud she is of me, and I hope she knows how proud I am of her too. If you're lucky enough to have a sister who supports your hopes and dreams, don't forget to thank her.

4. For letting you hangout with her. 

Even though a seven-year age difference can seem like enough to sever a close bond, one of the things I'm most grateful for is that my sister always let me spend time with her. I never felt like I was bothering her when we would hang out, even if I was 12-years-old and she was 19-years-old. Making me feel included and loved even if we didn't have a lot in common is one of her greatest gifts to me.

5. Teaching you to be mature.

It's no doubt that younger siblings look up to their older ones and mimic their behavior. Having a responsible and mature older sibling taught me to be well mannered and respectful, and I give my sister all the credit.

6. Being your role model.

As a younger sibling, I often looked at my sister for advice. Whether or not I explicitly asked her for advice, she was always there to give it. I'm thankful to my sister for showing me how to be a strong, independent woman, and for teaching me how to navigate life the best way she knows how.

7. For never saying "I told you so".

Even though I'm thankful for all my sister has taught me, I can't say I always took her advice. Being stubborn, and often wanting to prove her wrong, I went against her better judgment and often tried to do things my way. When I came to realize that I should have listened to her, she never made me feel bad about it. She continues to teach me, but never scold me for my mistakes.

8. Being there for you 24/7.

Even though my sister lives in a different country, she always picks up on the first ring. I can call her any time of day (and I literally have), and she is always there to listen. Whether I call her crying tears of joy or tears of sadness, she always listens to me and tries to help me. I'm so thankful to her for being my rock and always letting me know that things will be okay.

9. For bailing you out. 

As a younger sibling, I often seemed to get away with a lot more than my older sister. Anytime I had a fight with my parents, or did something that would get me in trouble, my sister often advocated for leniency. She tried to convince my parents to let me off the hook, and I'm especially thankful for all the times it actually worked.

10. For making you the person you are today. 

Despite our fights and constant arguments, my sister has shaped me into the person I am today. If it wasn't for her advice, or her ability to be such a great role model, I wouldn't be where I am. Her constant support and love give me the ability to go through life knowing she will always be there for me, allowing me to be the best version of myself.

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10 Things You've Said If You're Freakishly Close With Your Sibling

You can't choose your family but you can choose your friends.


It's true, siblings are equally your best friend and sworn enemy. It's also true that you probably can't imagine life without them. They might annoy you, beat you up, call you names, and get you in trouble, but in the end, the pros outweigh the cons. You can't get rid of them so you might as well reap the benefits of having a life-long confidant. As we've got older, my brother and I have learned to coexist more peacefully than in the past. One might even consider us friends. Our bickering has turned into playful banter and our inside jokes have only become more exclusive.

This week, I decided to focus on the benefits of having a sibling. Younger or older, you've probably found yourself asking or saying these things to your sibling once or twice.

1. "Mom, where is (name)?"

You probably like to keep tabs on their whereabouts just in case you need them at any given moment. You also constantly worry about them, which is your excuse for always asking this question.

2. "Want to hang out?"

There is nothing better than quality time with your sibling. Even if that just means snap chatting each other while you're sitting in the same room.

3. "Add me on Find My Friends."

Specifically referring to younger siblings, the older they get, the more protective you get. This also comes in handy when you're bored and want to know how long it will be until they get home.

4. "I'll only go if you go."

We usually send (& receive) these texts most when our parents ask us to accompany them on a family outing. If I'm going to suffer, then so are they. You also know, having them there will make everything more fun.

5. "Get in my Snapchat."

They make your Snapchats 100% better by just being in them.

6. "What time will you be home?"

They know the second they get home from a night out, you'll want details and gossip.

7. "Do you need a ride home?"

You're willing to do them favors, not only because you care about them but because that just means more time to hang out and jam in the car.

8. "Invite your friends over tonight."

If you're friends with your sibling, this probably means you're friends with their friends too. You've successfully managed to double your inner circle.

9. "Will you pick me up food on your way home?"

When you're too lazy to get food on your own so you have your personal slave fetch you lunch.

10. "I need some advice..."

One of my personal favorites. Whether about school, friends, relationships, or our parents, I know we've got each other's backs.

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To The Older Sibling I Never Had, I Wish You Were Here To Guide Me

I know you don't exist, and I know you never will, but sometimes I catch myself imagining a life with you in it.


Starting high school is a terrifying feeling and an insane transition when you don't have anyone to guide you through it. It was a mere 15-step walk to the door, and once I was inside my parents promised me there would be somebody there to help me find my classes, so why did I feel like I was being thrown straight into the gates of hell? I counted down the minutes until we pulled into the school parking lot and dreaded the sound of the car door opening and the anticipated start to the "best four years of my life."

As we were pulling up, I saw a girl who went to the same middle school as I followed her older brother, who was a senior through the front doors as if it had been rehearsed at home. At this moment, I would have given my right foot to walk in her shoes right behind an older brother just this once. Eventually, I just walked right inside.

Unfortunately, this would not be the last of my longing for guidance from the older sibling I've never had.

I get it, I got a B in math. I get it, if I would have spent last Friday night studying instead of out with my friends it is possible that I could have gotten an A. But, what my parents seemed to not get was that life actually does go on even if you get a B on a report card. Time doesn't stop, your dreams don't diminish, and you are still viewed as a fairly competent person.

Luckily for my younger sisters, it seems my parents eventually did get it at the cost of my phone being taken away for three months and my social life ceasing to exist for the rest of that school year. As I spent every Friday night at home studying I longed, for just this once, to have an older sibling who was willing to take this hit for me.

Why did nobody tell me that it's actually more fun to go to school dances with friends than the boy you barely know who is just desperate for some conversation with the opposite sex?

I always wondered why that girl I went to middle school with never took a date to any of our formals or homecomings. Eventually, four homecomings and two proms later, I realized that this was because stumbling through the awkward introductions to family, tolerating the completely posed and overdone photos that would never actually be posted anywhere because you didn't talk outside of this forced interaction, and small talk over fruit punch and loud music was never actually necessary. Of course, I passed this message to my younger sisters and saved them the struggle of finding out for themselves.

Don't even get me started on being the first sibling to have to navigate applying to colleges.

I really could have used you then. I'm convinced there is nothing more difficult than trying to fill out a FAFSA or Common Application with absolutely no guidance or experience. Is my application essay long enough? Should I apply for early or regular admission? What if I don't get accepted anywhere? As selfish as it sounds, I would have given my other foot not to have to find these things out for myself.

I'd trade a lifetime worth of shotgun privileges to have you in my life to help me figure this stuff out.

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