Life Is Better With A Younger Sibling, But If You Tell Them, It'll Go To Their Head

Life Is Better With A Younger Sibling, But If You Tell Them, It'll Go To Their Head

Because we all know they’re life’s most precious and demonic gift.

There is no doubt that having a younger brother or sister is the greatest gift in life. My younger brother is undeniably my prized possession, and being away from him during my first semester at college has made me realize his importance in my life.

Of course, younger siblings would not live up to their full potential if they were not a pain in the you-know-what 98 percent of the time, but the other two percent makes up for all of the annoyances. Upon the laundry list of reasons why having a younger sibling is life's biggest blessing, here are the most significant ones:

1. They want to be just like you

They’re your biggest fan and your loudest paparazzi, even on your worst of days. Though they probably won’t admit it, they’re watching every move you make: the restaurants you like, the subjects you excel in, the slang terms you use, etc.

As they get older, they want to participate in the exact activities you do, only they fear that they won’t do it as well as you. With their ripe, young minds, they create imaginary competition and strive to be just as good, if not better, as you in everything, obviously with the biggest heart and best intention.

2. You can blame your mistakes on them

This is probably the BEST part about having a younger sibling. Though they probably blame you for equally as many problems as you blame them for, they haven’t yet learned how to be sneaky like you are (unless they’ve learned from you all too well, that is).

While both you and your parents know who the real culprit is, it’s always fun to commit the crime and dodge the blame, no matter how old you are.

3. You can act like a child with them, but this time it's appropriate

Whether we want to admit it or not, we’re all children at heart. Despite attempts to act mature and responsible, we all inevitably slip from time to time. When the urge of playing one round of Mario Kart Wii, having your hair brushed and braided or dancing and screaming to the most popular pop song of 2012 kicks in, it can not be left untreated.

The solution: convince your younger sibling to do it with you so that it seems socially acceptable and others compliment you for being such a caring older sibling. It works every time.

4. There is always someone to hangout with

We all have those days where our mood falls between not wanting to be social but also not wanting to be completely isolated. This is where younger siblings are the most useful.

They will be SO incredibly happy that you want to spend time with them that they will give you their undivided attention for all of eternity. This makes for a perfect movie marathon and popcorn kind of night, my favorite time to reflect on how lucky I am to have such a special relationship with my younger brother.

5. They will criticize you, but they will support you more than anyone

Contrary to popular belief, if you look up 'critic' in the dictionary, you will not find 'parent,' but will instead find 'sibling.' They know when to be blatantly honest, which is always, even when it hurts the most, but we know it's all out of love. Whether the outfit is too tight, the hair is too dirty or the project is worthy of a failing grade, the constructive criticism that stings will only help in the long run.

Aside from that, though, younger siblings are hands down our biggest supporters. Despite their not being able to do much, knowing that they are willing to do anything to protect you says just enough, that is, I love you. And it's all we older siblings ever need to hear.

If you have a younger sibling, hug them, thank them and tell them that you love them. And if you are a younger sibling, then know that you are loved.

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To The 2 Girls Who Are Better Versions Of Me, I Hope You Become Everything You Want

Thank you for being double the trouble and double the love

For those who have sisters, I’m sure you’ll understand what I’m about to say. It’s a unique gift to have sisters who share many of the same qualities as you.

It’s even greater when you see your younger sisters growing up and turning into the better versions of you. I know I don’t say it enough, but I am proud of the both of you.

To My Sisters,

Thank you, both, for being one of a kind. You each have the best of me in you.

Thank you for always knowing how to make me smile. Sometimes, it’s through making me laugh. Sometimes, it’s through laughing at me and helping me realize I don’t have to be perfect.

Thank you for always having my back. You both know when to be calm and understanding. You are also experts in giving tough love when needed.

Thank you for pointing out my faults at times because I need to know when I’m not setting a good example.

Thank you for stealing my clothes because honestly, some of them look better on you. No matter how many times we argue over who is borrowing what just know I love you both.

Thank you for being mini Betty Crockers in the kitchen. We all know I wasn’t blessed with the baking and cooking gene. I will never starve with the two of you around.

Thank you for playing music in the mornings while we are getting ready. While I may seem grouchy, I secretly like how you play "Perfect" by Ed Sheeran on repeat.

Thank you for sharing my love for musicals. I know you both are always down to watch "Mamma Mia!" at any time.

Thank you for singing and dancing around the house like crazy people. I know it seems like I don’t like your silly performances, but I secretly do.

Thank you for keeping me on my toes constantly. I never know when one of you will sneak out and scare me. You have me watching my back and checking behind doors all the time.

Thank you for always laughing at me for tripping up the stairs. I’m glad my clumsiness entertains you.

Thank you for always announcing your presence when you enter a room. It’s not a party without the two of you.

Thank you for always wanting to take down and fight any guy who messes with me. Although you both are tiny, all guys should fear you because you care about me more than any of them.

Thank you for being the better versions of me. You never let me down. I can always count on one of you to be singing in the shower while the other is shopping in my closet.

Through all the craziness, I love you both like crazy. I hope you become everything you want to be and more.


Your Sister

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An Open Letter To My Little Sister Who Is Also My Role Model

Not only are you one of my biggest role models, you are my best friend.

Dear Sis,

It isn’t said enough how much I admire you. It’s hard being the big sister at times. I put a lot of pressure on myself to be the perfect role model. I’ve had my ups and downs, and I hope you have learned from some of my mistakes. The truth is, though, you’re one of my biggest role models. Remember that we are all human. Perfection isn’t attainable, and there's no need for it to be. I see so much potential in you, and I hope you see the same potential in yourself. Never stop chasing your dreams.

I know high school can be tough, but it teaches you valuable life lessons. What you take away from these lessons will mold and shape you into who you are. Remember to keep your morals in mind and don’t feel pressured to do something just because it’s “cool” at the time, because believe it or not, high school is not the end game.

I admire your sense of compassion and love for others. You are always the first to go out of your way to help someone else and put their needs before your own. I see this first-hand at home and through the time you put in at school, assisting those with a disability.

Your work ethic is unparalleled in everything you do. I have never seen you not giving 110%, whether it is in the classroom, on a sports team, or any other challenge that comes your way. Your dedication to the people and events that mean the most to you is inspiring.

When things don’t go your way, you have started handling yourself with grace and maturity, and I couldn't be prouder. I know life gets frustrating at times, but I want you to know that at 14-years-old (and even 20, like me), you won’t have all the answers to life. Just keep your head high, be humble, and always put forward your best effort.

Although I am off at college, I want you to know you can always to talk to me. I love hearing about your life and am only a phone call away. Thank you for being my best friend and an inspiration to me. I’m so proud of who you are and what you are becoming. I know that you are growing into an exceptional young lady and I am so blessed to be able to call you my little sister.

Love always

Big Sis

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