My 13-Year-Old Sister Is Actually Cooler Than Me, And I'm Okay With It

My Little Sister Is Cooler Than Me, But I'm Learning To Accept It

I was supposed to teach her, but now she's teaching me.


I was eighteen years old when I learned what the phrase "spilling tea" meant. It was taught to me by none other than my twelve-year-old sister. And since that day, these sisters have spilled more tea than you could imagine.

It all began when I was about to begin kindergarten. Suddenly, there was another person in the house, a baby I would try to mold into an exact replica of me. She would listen to the Jonas Brothers with me, share my love of hippos, and read all my "Magic Treehouse" books.

Tammy Austin

Naturally, none of this happened. My younger sister prefers Shawn Mendes, laughs at my absurd hippo collection, and would rather watch some YouTuber I have never heard of than crack open one of my favorite books. Before I knew it, my sister was not just her own person, but she was - dare I say it - cooler than me.

No, she did not pay me to write that last line.

Natalie Austin

I first came to this realization in my senior year of high school when a group of my friends added my sister on Snapchat. They could not believe how she had practically skipped the awkward middle school phase all of us had endured just years before (you know, the one with glittery eye shadow and cheesy shirts from Justice.) She had the humor of a high school student and the attire of one too.

I had already known my sister acted older than her age; I even took credit for it. This, however, was an eye-opener.

Could my little sister really know more about what was cooler than I did?

The answer is "yes." How did this happen? I have no idea, but it is my reality.

Alison Austin

My little sister used the phrase "gucci" before I even knew it was a thing. She dresses more like a college student than I do, and she has a better selfie angle than most of the girls I know.

Granted, my sister still has her "middle school moments," like that one summer vacation when she kept doing this routine where she would turn her baseball cap around, announce "Middle-School Alison is back!" and proceed to dab for a solid forty-three seconds. It was annoying at times and scared a tourist or two in front of the Golden Gate Bridge, but it remains my most re-watched video from the entire trip.

Natalie Austin

As I have adapted to life on my own in college, she continues to grace me with these fantastic moments. My phone is never without a meme or two to greet me in the notifications bar, or a spiced-up story of what goes down in the halls of a 2019 middle school.

I don't understand half the things she does. I mean, why does she call everyone "boo," and when did everyone become a "sister" or a "boi?" Also, does anyone else refer to naps as "sleepy boi sessions?" I didn't think so. It is all my sister, and I love her for it.

So let her tell me which outfits make me a "stylish sister" and which songs people actually consider a "bop." I'll be there to tell her how to apply eyeshadow and talk to boys (or at least how not to.) I'll tell her what college is like in the 21st century and the reasons she should never get bangs (even if they look super cute on your Pinterest board.) I'll embarrass her in front of her friends and write articles with embarrassing pictures of her (oops, already did.)

She may be getting taller than me, and a little sassier too, but she will forever be my little sister.

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To The Best Friend That Turned Into A Stranger

We were the type of friends that were so close people would mistake us for sisters. Then we went to college.


When you hear the world soulmate you think of the person you're destined to spend the rest of your life with.

The person you marry, have kids with, and love unconditionally for the rest of your life. For me, I found my soulmate. Not in a boy, but in a best friend.

We were the type of friends that were so close people would mistake us for sisters.

Some even thought my little sister was your twin. We did everything together, and quickly you became apart of my family. I think you spent the last 4 years staying at my house more than your own. Even when I was 10 hours away at college you were still there with my family.

We went through the ups and downs of high school together.

We were there for each other through every heartbreak, trauma, and loss. Even 549 miles away from each other, I knew you would be there anytime I needed you because we always stuck by each others sides.

We even got tattoos together, because we were the type of friends that would never not be in each other's lives. When people saw me, they saw you. If you weren't around, they would ask where you were.

Until everything fell apart, I left college and you went to college.

We didn't see each other as often as we did but we still talked. I could feel you pulling away and I didn't know why. You found a new friend, and i am so happy you did because the last thing I would want, would for you to be alone in college. But you quickly replaced me. You would come home during breaks and spend 1 day with me and the rest with her.

The reasoning why you said you weren't spending time with me was hurtful, and it's not something I'll mention here. But just know it hurts. Asking for you to give me back the key I gave you for my house hurt.

I know you've been through a lot, and even after all the fighting, I reached out to you.

Because I will always care about you and love you like a sister. But you can only try so hard to fight for someone that doesn't want to be in your life anymore.

I hope you find pure happiness, you deserve it. Just know I miss you and I always will. No one prepared me for the pain I would feel when losing my soulmate.

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When You Are The Youngest Of 6 Kids

Having five older siblings is the greatest blessing I could have ever asked for. I get best friends for life.


I am probably one of the luckiest people on the planet because I have so many brothers and sisters. I have three brothers and two sisters. I'm the youngest of the six, so I have had a pretty interesting experience growing up with a big family.

My oldest brother is ten years older than me. All of my siblings were born in the 90s and I wasn't, but I wanted to fit in with them. I had to make sure I watched the same TV shows and movies that they did so I could relate to them. I tried to play the same games that they played, such as SEGA and Nintendo. I was not very good at any of them, but I was just happy to be with my siblings.

Going to school was always interesting because I always had a teacher that one or more of my siblings already had. Every year in school from 1st grade to 12th grade, I always heard, "Oh, I had a few of your siblings." Then, for the rest of the year, my teachers would slip up every once in a while and call me one of my sisters' names. I understood, though, because all of us look alike, so I would just go along with it and act like that was my name.

With my sisters, the three of us look like triplets, even though we are years apart. I get called Jess or Jen a lot by my parents. By process of elimination, they eventually figure out my name. I'm used to it as I respond to anyone who calls me by one of my sister's names.

Being the youngest, I get to see all my brothers and sisters accomplish many things. I watch what they do and learn from it. The problem for me has always been that all of my siblings are brilliant. I have always had to live up to the standards that my siblings set. It hasn't always been easy.

It can be frustrating because anyone that knows my brothers and sisters will automatically compare me to them in terms of intelligence. For example, I took AP Statistics in high school. I knew my teacher had a few of my siblings who were very bright and did well in that class. My teacher probably thought I was an idiot because I struggled in that class.

I have to try and prove to people that I am my own person and that I am just related to really smart people.

I never needed to worry about friends at school because, at the end of the day, I always had my five best friends at home. When we were all younger, we had our own sleepovers and parties, and we played games all the time.

Whenever I needed help with homework, I had my own free tutors at home who were willing to help me understand algebra and biology. Even in college, I still go to them when I need help with an assignment.

They took care of me when I was younger whenever my parents were working. I had my other five parents who were ready to take care of me. They still take care of me today.

Now that I am an adult, I have had to start doing things for myself. It's kind of weird.

I always had everyone else do everything for me or with me. If I needed to go somewhere, they were my chauffeurs. If we went out to eat somewhere, they paid, but now I can drive myself around and pay for things with my own money.

At the end of the day, I have five best friends for life. For me, that is all I need.

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