17 Struggles Of Growing Up With A Lot Of Siblings

17 Struggles Of Growing Up With A Lot Of Siblings

What's contraception?

I'm the youngest of seven kids. That meant the leash got longer and longer with every new kid-- so yes, I had the longest leash. My siblings may constantly remind me about how easy I've had it, but there were definitely a lot of struggles being one of seven children, even if I was the youngest. So here are 17 things you'll probably relate to if you grew up with a lot of brothers and sisters.

1. Hand-me-downs. Lots and lots of hand-me-downs.

Did you just outgrow your winter coat? Don't worry, there are 5 more in the storage closet that your older siblings wore in the 90's. Neon never goes out of style.

2. If your parents do buy you new clothes, you better believe they just bought one of your sibling's the same thing in a different color/size.

You were almost original.

3. Not knowing what leftovers are

Your best bet was to just scoop as much as you could onto your plate because that's what all your siblings were doing. Those were the original hunger games.

4. Sharing a bathroom

You had to call the shower ahead of time because if your sister uses it before you, all you can expect is a lot of cold water and a lot of hair on the shower wall. *gag noise*

5. Being crammed into a minivan

ESPECIALLY after one of your sibling's hockey, lacrosse or football games. And if you're the youngest, there's no way you're not sitting in the way back-- right next to their gym bags. With all of their sweaty equipment. Basically you're going to be holding your breath most of the way home.

6. Being subjected to never ending pranks

Did one of my brothers convince me to drink a cup of mouthwash? Yes. Did I stick a huge wad of gum in his hair later that day? Yes. Do I regret making him cry because he had to get a buzzcut as a result of that? No. Absolutely not.

7. Remembering birthdays

"I know Jimmy's is in December because it's right after Christmas, and Claire's is September 29th and Emily's is September 4th... Or is Claire's the 4th and Emily's the 29th..."

8. Christmas shopping basically takes the entire month of December.

"Did anyone get Joey that game he wanted? How about Alex? What does he want? Socks? Again? No, we're not getting him socks for the 5th Christmas in a row." "What do you mean you got Frances a new laptop?! I just got Frances a new laptop..."

We've tried doing Secret Santa before. It was still a mess.

9. People at school call you by your last name

Sure, you can introduce yourself by using your first name, but whoever you're talking to is just going to say, "Oh, you're a [last name]? I didn't know there was another [last name]!"

I just learned to introduce myself in high school by saying "I'm a Powers." Who needs individuality anyway?

10. If you want your snack to be in the fridge when you get home, you have to hide it.

You can't just leave that Klondike bar sitting on the first shelf of the freezer, just begging to be eaten by whichever one of your greedy siblings happens to see it first. If you plan on saving that delicious dessert for yourself, you're going to have to hide it on the very bottom shelf behind the forgotten bag of frozen peas. Just make sure you don't forget about it.

11. Almost never agreeing on what show to watch

American Idol's on at 8:00, but so is the football game... AND the new episode of One Tree Hill. That was when World War III happened right in your own living room.

12. Your friends pride themselves on being able to name all your siblings.

After people get excited by naming all of my siblings, I like to mess with them by telling them they forgot one and just watch them try and remember my non existent seventh sibling.

13. Hearing things like...

"Man your parents got BUSY."

"Are you Mormon?"

"Are you all related?"

14. Any food item labeled "family size" is a joke.

Those bags of chips with the silly "family size" labels will be devoured by two of your brothers within two hours of them being in your home. You're gonna have to buy three to last the week.

15. Finding your clothes in your sibling's laundry

It's inevitable that you're going to be switching your sibling's laundry from the washer to the dryer so that you can do a load, and then you'll see it. That pair of sweatpants you've been looking for for weeks has been in your greedy sibling's laundry the whole time. But once you confront your sibling, he/she will point out that you stole it from another sibling a long time ago. In which case, you'll probably relinquish the pair of sweatpants. Because that's the circle of life.

16. When your mom calls for you but she says at least 3 of your siblings' names before she gets to yours.

"Joey-- uh, uh, Jimmy! Uh, Claire-- Lily! Get down here for dinner!"

At some point, you know who she's trying to name, so you'll respond to your sibling's name to save time and trouble.

17. Knowing that you have more than enough people to depend on for a laugh, a shoulder to cry on, or a kidney transplant

Yes, they make life hectic, but hectic is the opposite of boring. And who wants a boring family? Boring people. That's who.

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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.

Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things.

If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize, and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity toward this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs.

In a world where a six-figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm...

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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