8 Things You Can Only Relate To If A Decade Separates You And Your Siblings

8 Things You Can Only Relate To If A Decade Separates You And Your Siblings

4. Feeling like you actually experienced teen pregnancy.

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Here are 8 the best and the worst things you experience if you are a decade older than your siblings! Honestly, I think the good outweighs the bad any day!

1. Being told "You're not my mom!"

Honestly, I can't even say how many times I've heard this one. I would say that every single time I watch my sisters for more than 30 minutes one of them screams either "YOU'RE NOT MY MOM" or "YOU AREN'T THE BOSS OF ME". No, I may not be your mother, but at this very moment I am in charge and you will do what I say.

2. But also...being called Mom.

So if I'm not your mom then why do you accidentally call me Mom all the time? I've also been called Granny on occasion so I'm not really sure what that says about me...

3. Being the ~super~ cool big sibling.

This is probably one of my favorite parts of being a big sister. Nothing makes me happier than when my sisters want to show me off. Even better is when I'm featured on the Insta. I love being the one to take them to lunch, to take them shopping, or just have a sleepover. I will never get tired of being asked to come to their schools for lunch.

4. Feeling like you actually experienced teen pregnancy.

Truth be told, sometimes I have to remind myself that I am not actually a mom. I remember the days I found out that our Mom was pregnant, the days they were born, and holding them for the first time. I changed diapers. I go to cheer practices and soccer games. I've taken them to doctor's appointments and picked them up from the bus stop. I'm not really sure how anyone could expect me not to feel like a mother of two?

5. Being mistaken for a teen parent.

I can't begin to tell you how many times I have been told that I have "beautiful daughters" or have engaged in conversation with a mother just to realize she thought I was also a mother. I know I act older than I am, but I still can't figure out the math of how old I would have to be to have a 9 and 11-year-old.

6. Feeling left out of the little moments. 

Going to college was extremely hard for me, and I think a huge part of that was leaving my little sisters behind. I went from being there for every tooth loss and haircut to finding out news weeks later. Sometimes when I go back home I feel like that horrible aunt that grabs your cheeks and says, "I can't believe how big you've gotten!" Especially at such young ages, they're changing so much so quickly.

7. That special moment when you go from sister to best friends.

Although it's sad that my sisters are growing up so quickly, there is something special about our relationships now. They're getting to that preteen age that is both terrible, yet super relatable. I no longer feel like I am talking to children when I talk to them; we have very real conversations. I see them as some of my closest friends and I hope they see me as the same.

8. Embarrassing the crap out of the little ones. 

But also, our age difference means they are still at the age where family members are super embarrassing. Any chance I get, I will throw a silly face their way in public or hug them so tight they can't breathe.

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10 Gifts Every Girl Who's Trying To Adult Should Add To Their Christmas List This Year

Start investing in your future!

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Here are some great gift ideas for the girl who is starting her life as an adult! These are just some basic essentials that can help you at least fake it 'till you make it!

1. A crock pot

There are going to be many days where you just want to make an easy meal an then come home from a long day and have it all cooked and ready. A crock pot is perfect for this and you can even make amazing desserts. Crockpots are typically on a super sale on Black Friday so be on the lookout for that.

2. A nice knife

There is nothing more aggravating then wanting to cook a nice meal for your self and getting hand cramps every other second because your Walmart knives can't cut through a piece of chicken. Although sometimes a nice knife or knife set can be expensive, it will be a great investment because you won't need to buy a new knife every year.

3. A pair of rain boots

There is nothing worse than waking up on a rainy day knowing you are about to be soaked when you walk outside. Whether its Hunter boots, Sperrys, Duck Boots or just Target rain boots get to wear out in the rain besides Vans. There is nothing worse than walking around in wet shoes all day.

4. A reliable computer

Although this is a more expensive gift, having a reliable computer is extremely important! If you can't rely on your computer you won't be able to get your work or school work done and you could lose important documents and it will cause a lot of extra

5. An e-reader

The older you get, the more important it becomes to read. There is so much knowledge that is to be gained from reading and why not try to absorb all the knowledge that you can while you're young! There are also a lot of books out there on how to adult which are usually hilarious but still provide a lot of help. If you are looking at a Kindle, Amazon usually releases pretty good deals on their products for the holiday season.

6. A blender

Smoothies are such an easy and healthy snack/meal that you can make and if you get one of the smaller, personal blenders it makes your life so easy! Along with crock pots, blenders are also always on sale on Black Friday so be on the lookout for one you like and share it with your friends and family!

7. Business clothes

In the next few years of your life, you are bound to end up somewhere that you need to have business attire. Whether it is a presentation at school, an interview, or maybe even a headshot photo it is critical to have a nice outfit stowed away in your closet.

8. A quality portable charger

For those of us who are always on the go, it is really nice to have a portable charger, especially one that holds multiple charges. This is such an easy gift to ask for and they are always on sale at Christmas time. Once you get one you'll never go back to your dead phone days!

9. A reusable water bottle

Whether it is a Swell, Hydroflask, or just an insulated bottle off Amazon, a reusable water bottle is so crucial to everyday life! Hopefully, you want one to help save the environment but a nice water bottle could also keep your water cold all day long which is perfect for those of us who are always super busy.

10. Stocks.

This may sound like a silly present and although it is not something tangible that you can have Christmas morning, it is something your future self will thank you for. Instead of having a relative buy you a present you don't really need, you should have them invest some of their money into a stock for you. Then over the years, you can watch your money grow in the market and sell it whenever need be. If you're on the road to adulating you might as well start with investing in your future.

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To My Baby Sister, Here Are 18 Nuggets Of Wisdom To Keep In Mind When You Turn 18

You're an "adult" - but you're not really an adult.

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Turning eighteen is a big deal but it doesn't have to be so scary when you keep a few things in mind. I gathered some advice from some friends and family to help you be less anxious about it all!

1. It's okay if you don't know what you want to do with your life yet - you've got time!

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Wise words from your eldest sister.

A fellow creator, Lora, added, "It's okay to not have your whole life planned out at 18, even though society expects you to."

2. Love your Mama.

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Advice from none other than your very own...mama.

3. Treat yo self!

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Ate Lauren said, "Treat yo self whenever you can, by yourself! Take yourself out to eat, take yourself to the nail salon, and go by yourself! Enjoy time by yourself to relax and not have to worry about pleasing another person."

And while you should do this, my fellow creator Jillian warns "Also, don't spend all your money on Chick-fil-A and Chipotle."

4. Don't rush into a relationship for the sake of having one. 

We all deserve a love like the Obamas.

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Another fellow creator Monica warns.

And Ate says, "The love of your life will come into your life when you least expect it." And I mean...can we blame her for this advice?

Keep working on you and loving yourself.

5. Be patient with yourself.

"With relationships, with school, with beauty, with growth. You have a world of life in front of yourself so there's no need to rush acceptance and achievement." Wise wise words from my editor, Larissa. You'd love her!!

6. Be gentle with yourself. 

Be Bob Ross...but like...to yourself too.

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From your big me: Things can and will get stressful and the pressure to be someone/do something will always be there, so sometimes you just need to let things go, turn social media off and try to relax and take care of yourself. It's okay to say no if you're mentally and physically exhausted. Give yourself a break. Treat yourself. Read a book, bake, paint or whatever it is that puts your mind at ease. Do something you've always enjoyed doing. It's definitely something I wish I did more of as I stressed through high school and college and now a professional career. Be gentle with yourself, because you're doing the best you can.

7. Be careful with credit cards. 

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Any debt is really not any fun. Use credit cards wisely and only if you have money to pay them back! I know shopping is fun especially but we gotta be careful!

This one and the next few nuggets are from your lovely eldest sister.

8. Travel as much as you can. 

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If that is something you want and desire. It's important to see the world for different perspectives.

9. Listen to those older than you. 

They only nag because they know from experience what they're talking about!

I know we're annoying but honestly...it's because we don't want you to make the same mistakes as us.

10. Start exercising now and learning how to take care of yourself!

This is you, probably.

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Ate says our metabolisms start to slow down at your age, so enjoy it while it lasts, but don't lounge around lazily. You've been warned.

11. Tell the people in your life that you love them.

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Do it often and never feel like you're overusing "I love you" or "I appreciate you."

12. Don't compare yourself to others.

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Erin says this: "I know it's hard, but don't compare yourself to others. You are your only competition and it's okay if you aren't exactly on the track you want to be on. That's life. Take detours and have fun doing it. Don't take life too seriously we are all working at our own pace and that's okay."

13. The world is not against you!

Jady says it's important to remember that. And know always who is going to be there for you and treat them accordingly.

We're all living our own lives and it's hard to remember sometimes when things can get hard but you've got this.

14. Be happy. 

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Create your own happiness. The world is tough so sometimes you are the only thing you can depend on for happiness.

15. Turning 18 does not mean you're ~really~ an adult. 

Ena says, "You're nowhere near an adult yet at all, it's okay to not know what you're doing or what you wanna do and it's not a shameful thing. Also, it's not shameful to ask for help!" (She also said you won't be for decades, but you know, this is her advice, not mine to you).

16. When it comes to life after high school, don't fret.

I know right around my 18th birthday I was plagued with the idea of what the heck do I want to do with my life? I wanted to do something that helped people was all that I knew. And it's confusing and scary, I know. I had no idea where I wanted to go or school or what I wanted to go to school. And it's okay to not know what comes next. And I know this seems like a reiteration of things that have been said previously, but if you don't want to go to school immediately-- that's alright too. As long as you're doing what you're passionate about I think that everyone will support you.

17. Reach out if you ever feel alone.

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I know it's hard to sometimes, but it can really help you so you don't spiral.

18. Ask questions!

Ate Caroline says, "Throughout school, you're so many things, but they never teach you adult things: like taxes, managing bills, and balancing relationships. So, ask questions! Be patient with yourself and remember your self-worth."

You're incredibly cared for. So know that you can lean on anyone for help and guidance.

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