7 Reasons You'll Wish You Grew Up In A Big Family

7 Reasons You'll Wish You Grew Up In A Big Family

It's like one big party that never ends.

Before you ask how many siblings I have, I'm just going to flat out tell you. Seven. I am the oldest of seven siblings. Lucky me.

Right now you are probably laughing at me and saying to yourself "sucks to be her." But let me tell you, while you're laughing at me for having that many siblings, I'm laughing at you because you didn't get to have the awesome childhood I had growing up.

With that being said, here is seven reasons why it was great growing up one of seven children.

1. It's like walking into one big party that never ends.

Food? We have it. Music? Someone in the house is always singing. Fights? You bet those happen daily. Long story short, our house is full of energy and craziness that never really ends regardless of how much you want a night of quiet relaxation.

2. Sometimes, you have to get the big guns out and break up the nasty sibling fights.

In a family this big, you have to be able to hold your own because sibling fights can get pretty nasty. I was never very good at this, but I did have a big mouth aka "tattletale." My siblings didn't like it very much.

3. Sharing everything can be both a curse and a blessing.

When you live in a big family, you never have anything that is your own. You literally share everything from your bedroom, to clothes, to food, and sometimes even a bed (yes, I had to share a bed with my sister at one time; no, I did not particularly enjoy it). All of this "sharing" may sound pretty terrible, but there is a plus side. Like when one of your siblings gets something new, such as clothes, guess who is the first to wear it? Yup, this girl.

4. We do some dumb stuff, but find it pretty hilarious.

"Sorry mom."

5. You always have someone you can talk to or hang out with.

To be honest, people-watching in the mall is one of my favorite things to do with my siblings, or jamming out in the car, or shopping trips, or movie theatre dates, or really, anything is more fun when you're with your siblings. Plus an added bonus, when you're mad at one sibling, you always have someone else to hang out with and vent to, it's great.

6. You are your siblings' role model, they look up to you.

My siblings ask for my advice (if they don't I usually tell them my opinion anyways), and it is one of the greatest feelings you can have being the oldest sibling--knowing that they trust you, look up to you, and value your opinion makes my heart melt.

7. No matter how many times we fight or don't get along, unconditional love for one another is a bond we will always share.

At the end of the day, my family is the most important thing in my life and my siblings are my favorite people on this planet.

So here's to my six younger siblings, keep being awesome. I wouldn't be the person I am today without you guys.

Lots of love,

Your big sis.

Cover Image Credit: Karla Ratajczak

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Sorry, not sorry.


Lately, I have seen so many people going off on social media about how people shouldn't be upset with mothers breastfeeding in public. You know what? I disagree.

There's a huge difference between being modest while breastfeeding and just being straight up careless, trashy and disrespectful to those around you. Why don't you try popping out a boob without a baby attached to it and see how long it takes for you to get arrested for public indecency? Strange how that works, right?

So many people talking about it bring up the point of how we shouldn't "sexualize" breastfeeding and seeing a woman's breasts while doing so. Actually, all of these people are missing the point. It's not sexual, it's just purely immodest and disrespectful.

If you see a girl in a shirt cut too low, you call her a slut. If you see a celebrity post a nude photo, you call them immodest and a terrible role model. What makes you think that pulling out a breast in the middle of public is different, regardless of what you're doing with it?

If I'm eating in a restaurant, I would be disgusted if the person at the table next to me had their bare feet out while they were eating. It's just not appropriate. Neither is pulling out your breast for the entire general public to see.

Nobody asked you to put a blanket over your kid's head to feed them. Nobody asked you to go feed them in a dirty bathroom. But you don't need to basically be topless to feed your kid. Growing up, I watched my mom feed my younger siblings in public. She never shied away from it, but the way she did it was always tasteful and never drew attention. She would cover herself up while doing it. She would make sure that nothing inappropriate could be seen. She was lowkey about it.

Mindblowing, right? Wait, you can actually breastfeed in public and not have to show everyone what you're doing? What a revolutionary idea!

There is nothing wrong with feeding your baby. It's something you need to do, it's a part of life. But there is definitely something wrong with thinking it's fine to expose yourself to the entire world while doing it. Nobody wants to see it. Nobody cares if you're feeding your kid. Nobody cares if you're trying to make some sort of weird "feminist" statement by showing them your boobs.

Cover up. Be modest. Be mindful. Be respectful. Don't want to see my boobs? Good, I don't want to see yours either. Hard to believe, I know.

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For The Younger Siblings At Home While I'm At College, Know This

I'm pretty damn lucky to be constantly annoyed by you.


I know you won't believe it, but I actually do miss you.

After spending most of my life being your role model, your confidant, and your friend, it's difficult for me to accept that you are growing up without me there to see it. You're maturing physically, mentally, and emotionally. You're changing from a little, pudgy baby to a young adult way too quickly! It's odd to think that at one point I was taller than you, that I was the big sibling in charge at home, and that your biggest worries used to be finding the right stuffed animal to sleep with.

Now everything's changing. You've reached that age where everything kind of sucks, you're not sure of yourself, and you're trying to figure out where you fit in. I remember going through that stage myself and I'll be very honest, it was rough. I got through it, though! I know you will, too. You're so strong-willed and determined, I am certain that you will conquer every obstacle that gets in your way. This phase in your life is no exception.

Even though I'm far away, I want you to know that I always have you on my mind. I wonder if you ever figured out those math problems or if you have any new crushes. I see memes and videos that make me laugh too hard and I immediately think you'd like it. I worry about if you're making good choices and if you're putting in enough effort so you can have another accomplishment under your belt. I hope you know that I will always worry over you, and just because I'm away right now doesn't mean I stopped caring about you.

I want you to know that you are perfect the way you are. I'm not saying that because I have to, I'm saying it because I truly mean it. You are stunning and incredible, amazing inside and out! There are going to be times that you see others and wish you looked like them when you look in the mirror and believe you see flaw after flaw. There will be times when you wish you could change some aspect of your personality. When those moments come, give yourself a minute to take a deep breath and think of all the things you love about yourself, to think of all the things that you are proud of. You are worth so much more than you realize and you make me so incredibly proud every day- you aren't worth less than anyone else, and you better start believing it!

You may be a pain in my ass, but I wouldn't trade you for anything in the world. We may fight and disagree sometimes, but at the end of the day you are my go-to, my ride or die. I'm proud to say that I'm your older sibling, that I'm related to a star like you.

I love you with my whole heart!

(But don't let anyone know I said that, yuck!)

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