9 Reasons Why Cousins Make the Best Friends

9 Reasons Why Cousins Make the Best Friends

Written for the best cousins ever.

I know I can't be the only one who would be lost without their cousins. They are my best friends, the ones I go to when I am down, and are seriously awesome. Here is why cousins are the best friends.

1. They are born to be friends with you.

From the moment that you and your cousins are born, you are destined to be friends. There is the summer barbecue, Thanksgiving that always seems to go wrong, crazy Christmas Eve, and of course, birthday palooza. Sitting by yourself would get pretty boring, so playing Apples to Apples with your cousins sounds like a better plan.

2. They deal with the same crazy family members.

We all have a crazy Aunt So-and-So that no one really wants to talk to. With your cousins by your side, the divide-and-conquer method helps make the crazy family member encounter quick and painless.

3. They share the same genes as you (and probably jeans too).

Chances are that they deal with similar health issues, or understand to look out for them and know how to help you out. And as for jeans, everyone knows hand-me-downs from cousins are the way to go.

4. They support you like no one else.

They try their hardest to be there for you. From first t-ball games, to final dance recitals, homecoming and prom dances, and spelling bees, they will be there cheering you on and supporting you.

5. They aren’t "fair weather" friends.

Like I said, they are born to be friends with you. They aren’t going to leave you high and dry when you need them. Cousins are dependable and loyal, and better in your wedding party then someone you might not talk to five years later.

6. They understand “Let’s take a cute Instagram.”

If you are snorkeling in the ocean, you have got to document it, and what better way to show you are having a great time than showing who you are spending it with? They work part-time as your personal photographer or pose until the moment is captured perfectly.

7. They will always find something fun to do.

If you want to do something crazy, and not let your parents know, chances are you can talk your cousins into doing it. Spontaneous cousin road trips, dance lessons, scavenger hunts, and concerts are always a good idea. Just don’t break any bones or get tattoos that grandma will yell about the next day.

8. They understand the heartaches.

Because your cousins live them too. Whether it is the death of a family member or loved ones moving away, you are able to get through it together. There is nothing more powerful than uniting together to support each other.

9. They love you unconditionally.

It’s family. No one messes with your family, and they will make sure of it. If you are ever down, they will be there to remind you what an amazing person you are and turn your frown upside down.

Cover Image Credit: Tim Shell

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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.

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10 Things That Happened When God Gave Me A Little Cousin

Because they're not just family, they're a blessing.


I lost my Grandma when I was ten years old. She was the woman I looked up to and as I continue to grow up without her, the more I admire her strength. After losing someone so dear to my heart, it felt like a piece of my world had gone missing. A year later, God blessed me with a little cousin, Emma. Here we are seven years later, and she is exactly what I needed after losing my grandma.

1. I felt like I finally had another "sibling"

The day Emma was born, I immediately took the role of "big sister" and not just because we both only have brothers. Yes, I take it upon myself to paint her toes and go shopping with her simply because that's what we do best.

2. I began to spoil her

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3. I found my best friend

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4. I knew what pure joy felt like

I'm not sure the first time I realized it, but in the past seven years I have had multiple "Kodak moments" where my heart feels completely full. Maybe it's her laugh when I tell her a joke or the way we share fun memories together. Whatever it is, I'm a lot happier because of Emma.

5. I started to smile more

Nothing makes me smile more than seeing Emma after a long hard day. Hearing her laugh, going on adventures together, and having countless sleepovers is always the highlight of my day/week.

6. I became more selfless

Emma has taught me that sometimes you should play dolls with her even if you don't want to. You do the right thing even if it isn't the easiest and always think about others before yourself. There has been times when I'm crying and she will immediately stop what she's doing to come sit next to me and hold my hand.

7. I learned that she is who I want to be when I grow up

Even though I'm older than my sweet little Emma, I definitely look up to her. You don't meet very many completely selfless seven-year-olds. I'm lucky enough to know one. Emma would do anything for anyone, she always sees the best in things and is full of faith. She's smart, funny, and extremely outgoing - everything I desire to be more of.

8. I changed the way I looked at the world

Kids often show us that life can be a lot simpler and a whole lot less complicated than we make of it. Emma's innocence has shown me that sometimes I just need to take a deep breath and simplify everything I can.

9. I learned a lot about my faith

You've probably heard about the "faith of a child" and having Emma around certainly has made an impact on my faith. She memorizes Bible verses left and right and loves singing hymns. Seeing such a young heart that is full with God's love is truly inspiring. She is a constant reminder that God is certainly good.

10. She became a reason I needed live

When God blessed my life with Emma, He definitely knew I needed her more than she needed me. Struggling with depression makes life challenging, but she always happens to be a cure when I need it. Once I was at an extremely low time and contemplating suicide when someone reminded me that Emma loves me. Emma needs me around. The thought of her never understanding why I died absolutely struck me. Even on the toughest days, a FaceTime call to Emma or simply browsing through pictures of her brings a smile to my face.

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