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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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

You go, girl.

We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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14 Things You Relate To If You Grew Up WithOUT Any Cousins

*GASP* "What, you really don't have any cousins?"


It always shocks every person who hears me state that I do not have any cousins. For some reason, this is just hard for people to really believe when it's actually not something impossible. I think we are all just so used to large families that it sounds weird when people say that they have no cousins. Yet, it is definitely a potential reality, and actually impossible if each of your parents is the only child to your grandparents.

Here are 14 things that you can relate to if you grew up without any cousins.

1. Nobody believes you when you say that you don't have any cousins

I'm serious, for the tenth time.

2. Your grandparents spoil you

With no other grandchildren to worry about, it's pretty easy to do.

3. You don't understand when people say that cousins are your first best friends

My best friend was my first best friend.

4. You and your siblings are always the youngest people at family events

This was simultaneosuly a good thing and a bad thing.

5. You get all of the attention at holidays

Since you're the youngest one around, then distant relatives are always doting over you.

6. Everything you do is deemed awesome by your extended family because there is nobody to compete with

It's much easier to be praised when you aren't being compared to someone similar to your age.

7. You don't know how to hold babies

You're never around them so why would you?

8. Family photos are pretty easy to coordinate

The less people, the easier.

9. Other family members spoil you just because 

Afterall, you are the only kid around...

10. The family will make comments regarding the potential for you to have a cousin as a justification for why they aren't doing something for you

When you hear, "I can't buy you too much because someday your aunt is going to have kids and I will have to do the same for them" you cringe and just had to know that all of the attention wouldn't last forever.

11. Birthdays are always a big deal

A perk of not having very many to remember.

12. If your parents' siblings own pets, then you refer to the animal as your cousin

Cat cousins, dog cousins, lizard cousins, and fish cousins can be pretty cool, actually.

13. Sometimes you dream of marrying into a big family

This is to ensure that your kids do grow up with cousins.

14. You appreciate the closeness of your tight-knit fam

Maybe the only thing you would miss if you had a big family is the opportunity to develop such close bonds with the few relatives that you do have.

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