16 Things Every Youngest Sibling Can Relate To

16 Things Every Youngest Sibling Can Relate To

You didn't choose the youngest sibling life, the youngest sibling life chose you.

Let's face it, every youngest sibling knows what it's like to be just that - the youngest sibling. You see life from a different perspective than your older family members and that's what makes you unique! No matter how unique you may be though, there will always be a few things us youngest siblings can relate to.

1. Your mom introduces you as the "baby of the family."

Just face it, you will forever be known by this name.

2. You were always any easy target for getting picked on.

You were the butt of many jokes and let's not forget tickle fights, random attacks, and getting laughed at when your sibling's friends were over.

3. Hand-me-downs

Hand-me-down toys, hand-me-down clothes, hand-me-down EVERYTHING!

4. The middle seat

You were forever squished in the back middle seat, but at least you always had someone's shoulder to fall asleep on for long car rides though.

5. There aren't as many pictures of you in family albums

I guess your parents were pretty worn out by the time they had you. You're lucky if you even have a page of your baby book filled out.

6. Hanging out with your sibling and their friend - Never going to happen

*Knocks on door* "Can I play with you guys?" It was always a major break through if they said yes and actually let you in.

7. Your siblings are convinced you're spoiled

They say it's because you're the "baby of the family," but really it's because you're the only one left around to buy stuff for.

8. Always being called by your sibling's name before your own. Which is #annoying

"That must be a (insert last name)!" "You look just like (insert sibling's name)." "Are you (insert sibling's name) brother/sister?"

9. Your siblings have way more memories of family outings and vacations than you do.

"Remember when we went to Disney? Oh wait... you weren't born yet."

10. You always had someone to blame

Who cares if you really were the one who started a fight? Mom will always think you're the innocent one, and that counts for something.

11. All the pressure is on you to leave your parents with an "empty nest"

Your parents are sure to let everyone know that "things won't be the same" or they "won't know what they're going to do" without you.

12. You were considered a "goody two shoes"

But really you know you were just observant and learned from all of your sibling's mistakes.

13. While your siblings moved out or left for college, you were still stuck with a chore list

Suddenly, instead of just one chore, you had twenty.

14. Everyone joked that you were adopted

You don't look like mom or dad, so where did you really come from?

15. You always followed in someone's footsteps

Sometimes this was a good thing, sometimes this was not.

16. You've always looked up to your older siblings

Since you were born, they've been there. As they watched you grow, you have watched them grow too. Even though you might not have always gotten along, you always had to be there for each other - in some shape or form. Just admit it, you secretly always thought your older siblings were the coolest people ever. Through all of their accomplishments you were proud of them and in the back of your mind you hoped one day you could be just like them! Hey, maybe being the youngest sibling isn't that bad after all. You've got some pretty funny stories to tell and some pretty awesome people to share a last name with too.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it


Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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A Poem: My Mother

In honor of Mother's Day, that was on the 12th, here is a poem dedicated to my mother.


To the only person who can be my mentor, friend, and leader at the same time

To someone who would make me read my own books before bedtime

And puts everything down to make sure there is a smile on my face

To the person that I find impossible to ever replace.

Somehow you are always right even when it seems wrong

And when the worst does happen, how do you still manage to stay so strong?

I'm not only impressed but inspired by you

Knowing that somehow you'll always know me better than I do.

When I'm frustrated and annoy you, you simply try to understand me

Because you have always told me that even when you can't understand, plain acceptance is the key

You have listened to all my laughs, heard me cry, and felt my emotions like they were your own

You are the only reason I am joyous and the security I need to know that I am never alone.

To the only person who has truly taught me how to live

And watched me grow and make mistakes yet still knows how to forgive

Because that's who she is, certainly not like any other

There are many women but none like my own mother.

Happy Mother's Day!

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