11 Things You’ll Understand If You Have A Big Family

11 Things You’ll Understand If You Have A Big Family

My family is the greatest.
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With six people in my family, there is always something going on. There is literally never a dull moment — when I say never, I mean never! When I was growing up, there was always someone to play with and if one of my brothers made me mad I always had my sister and my other brother to hang out with. Four kids sounds like a lot to some people, but I can’t imagine it any other way.

1. Someone will always eat your favorite cereal and not leave you any milk

My brother eats it right out of the box for every snack and he snacks a lot, so I'll be lucky to even get a bowl.

2. You’re never bored

Whether someone is joking around with you or little brother wants to ride bikes, there’s never a “mom I’m so bored!!!” Every day is a play date. If you were in my family, there were enough kids to start your own band. (Shout out to TX4!)

3. When you were younger, hide and go seek was the go to game

Our babysitters probably hated us because we could all play for hours, well until someone got scared because my sister Gracie jumped out of her hiding stop.

4. You fight over who’s the favorite

The youngest is always called the baby and they get everything they want, but we all know the oldest is always the favorite.

5. Your siblings will try to get in on your gift-giving

It’s Christmas, Carson and I spent all our money on dumb sh*t so we try to just put our names on Gracie’s gift to mom.

6. There’s always a fight about chores

Your brothers never clean the bathroom and you ALWAYS have to do the laundry.

7. You learn to share (sort of)

My sister and I had many fights when I was in high school because I would steal her clothes. I miss her closet as much as I miss her sometimes.

8. When your mom goes grocery shopping she comes home with a carload

Refer to number one because I whined to mom and told her Wyatt ate all my Mini Wheats. My parents' literally meal prep to pack school lunches and I’m never surprised if there are two carts at the grocery store. When I was a kid my dad would take all of us to CiCi’s for all you can eat pizza when my mom was gone.

10. Car rides and road trips are eventful

Someone is always complaining because they don’t have enough leg room or someone's arm is touching them and it’s usually me.

11. Your mom does laundry every day

Whether it’s baseball pants or because I wear two outfits a day, the laundry basket is always full.

It feels weird to be living away from my family now that I’m in college. I get sad when I think about all the exciting things I’m missing and it’s weird to think that my youngest brother is only 12 and he still has so much to go through. I miss the family dinners, I miss us all joking around and picking on my dad. I even miss the fights sometimes because we disagree like all families do, but there was never a night where I went to bed without telling everyone I loved them after an argument. I love you, Ocock freakin’ squad.

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What It's Really Like To Be An Only Child

"We are so amazing our parents only needed one."
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Spoiled. Mature. Lonely. Lucky. Stubborn. Entitled. Selfish. Independent. Immature.

They may all seem like contradictory statements, and in some ways, they most definitely are. And yet, they are all words that people have used at some point to describe me, simply because I am an only child.

It doesn't matter my family life, my personality, or my accomplishments. For some odd reason, we all seem to have some pre-conceived notion about those only-children. When someone finds out I am an only child, the most common reaction is getting is "Oh, that makes so much sense." Apparently, being an only child creates a specific persona. But in reality, if you haven't lived it, you will just never know. While some of the ideas may be very true, we only-children didn't choose this life. So stop judging us before you've gotten to know us.

There's not a whole lot I can really say to describe to someone what it's like to be an only child. Yes, it's true that I get all of the attention. After all, who else would it go to? But, that doesn't mean that I always like being the center of attention. I'm a natural born performer, so I certainly like my fair share of center-stage. But I too like my alone time, hidden silently in the corner.

I grew up spending a lot of time alone, so I most definitely have the ability to be independent. I do better with older people than people my own age, simply because that's who I grew up around. I spent a significant amount of time with my parents and family. Of course, I had friends my own age, but it still gives me a sense of security to have someone older there to protect me.

Before you ask, no, I don't always get my way. My parents were still in charge, I still had to share with friends. Of course, I was always the one to pick what game we played or movie we watched, but I didn't own the entire Barbie collection. Being an only child doesn't make me entitled, it just makes me who I am. I was always the youngest, so of course, I was treated as such.

Yet, I like to think that I am anything but selfish. I love volunteering and I love helping others. It's just who I am, it's in my blood. Sure I grew up as an only child, but my family really embodied the spirit of giving.

When I was little I used to whine, saying "I'm a lonely child." But in reality, I actually couldn't imagine growing up with siblings. Now, I have over 200 sorority sisters and I couldn't be blessed with anything better, I get the best of both worlds. I have girls who truly act like my siblings. We fight, we love, and I know we truly live for each other.

So yes, I may be spoiled. I am mature, and yet in some ways, still very immature. My role models have changed my life, and I now live the best of both worlds. I am independent, I am lucky. But not because I am an only child, simply because that's who I am.

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10 Signs You Have High 'Fun Uncle' Potential

Honestly, not everyone is cut out to be a father.
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I was introduced to the saying you have "Fun Uncle" potential recently. Apparently, it's the nice way of saying I probably would be the best father. Yet, here I am totally embracing my "Fun Uncle" potential. Here is a list of qualities which I think will help you figure out if you too are on the right track of being a fun uncle.

1. Habit of Tossing Kids for Fun

Honestly, I don't know what's wrong with tossing kids in the air they really love it.

2. Have Mini Me Thoughts

I feel as though fathers probably think more of their children than just reincarnates of themselves.

3. Expect a Limited Amount of Time

If you find yourself looking forward to the end of your time with a kid, probably shouldn't have one anytime soon

4. Never Really Changed a Diaper

I just kinda find the closest person with this particular skill set.

5. Talk to Kids Like an Adult

The baby talk thing is degrading for me and I believe for the baby also

6. Carry a Baby More Like a football

Apparently, there is a proper way to hold a child. I 100% sure it isn't the way I hold them.

7. Television Babysitting

Honestly, best life hack ever is to put Nick Jr on and not have to do anything else.

8. Unable to Say No

I feel as though if a child has the audacity to ask to have ice cream for dinner who am I to say no?

9. Television Learning

This is different from television babysitting, because instead of Nick Jr they would be watching PBS kids.

10. Buyer's Remorse

There is always that moment when you question why you even wanted your own child in the first place.

There you have it. If you guilty of any of these 10 childcare "sins" you probably lean more towards fun uncle than father. Maybe it is the lack of maturity or... nope, it is definitely the lack of maturity.

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