13 Things You Learn When You Have A Younger Sister

13 Things You Learn When You Have A Younger Sister

You now know the entire script of 'Frozen.'
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We all know that siblings are a blessing and a curse. Some are blessed with just a few siblings that get along perfectly and some are cursed with nothing but rambunctious older brothers. I was definitely blessed to have an array of siblings, one of them being 15 years younger than I. It was definitely a shock, but it is more common than some may think. Life is never boring with a little one running around the house creating noise and trouble wherever they roam. And picking up after them is just as much fun as taking care of them. The age difference may be big, but the love I have for my little sister is even bigger. Here are a few tell-tale signs that you also have a sibling way younger than you and the things you learn from it.

1. You forever will have a playdate buddy.

It never fails you always have someone to play with and release your inner child. It's one of the many great things about having a younger sibling.

2. You get to practice for the future.

Despite what you may think, being an older sibling can be hard. You are basically the "built-in-babysitter," my mom likes to call it. You get a lot of practice where kids are concerned in this situation. When the age difference is a pretty big gap, it can help prepare you for the future when and if you have your own kids.

3. It also helps decide whether or not you think you want kids later in life.

Yeah... it can also determine if you'd be a good parent or, you know if you want to have several screaming and pooping children running around all of the time. But, of course, they can be darling angels too.

4. You learn how much patience you actually have.

As you may already know, kids can be a handful, especially once they reach their toddler years. You will soon figure out how much patience you do have when that time comes. Eventually, you'll probably just stop caring if there is marker painted on every piece of furniture in the house. It happens.

5. You get to act like a kid again and not many people think much of it.

Oh yeah. Here comes the fun part. This is not limited at home. You can go anywhere and play around and have fun. You can spend your time at the park and it not be weird because you have a child with you. Or you can still go by yourself, no judgment.

6. You watch the same movies/shows over and over.... and over again.

EVERY DISNEY MOVIE EVER. Enough said.

7. People always think that you are the parent of your younger sibling.

Boy, if this ain't the truth. I can't tell you how many times I've been thought to be the mother of my little sister. It's awkward especially if your mom is standing right next to you (sorry mom). But after a while, you just get used to it and actually agree with the people that assume that your sibling is actually your kid. It's just easier.

8. You have the chance to teach things that you wish you knew when you were younger.

On a more serious note, you have the opportunity to teach your sibling all the things you wish you had known growing up. Growing up can be tough and mentally exhausting, especially at certain times (middle school phase- we looking at you), but now is the chance to help them through it and make things right. They don't have to suffer like we did.

9. You create a bond like no other.

As you watch them grow, they become your best friend. Everything you do they will look up to you. And the memories you create with them are ones to last a lifetime and hopefully none they will forget.

10. You gain a friend and a responsibility to be their role-model.

THIS is your chance to leave a good impact on someone. It can be very tough and you may have a lot of pressure on your shoulders, but you'll start to think that if they look up to anyone now or later on in life, you want it to be you. And another thing you'll learn is that as they grow, they become your best friend.

11. You always have an excuse to NOT go out.

Hey, we've all done it before, no shame. BUT, here is a legitimate reason not to go out and hang with your friends when you'd rather be at home. Works every time.

12. No really, sometimes you can't go out.

Except those days when you actually do want to go out and you can't because you really are babysitting that night. Fun.

13. Everyone is so shocked to hear that your sibling is so much younger than you.

Yeah, I hear this one a lot too. People don't realize that a lot of families have kids that are pretty spaced out. I know of several families that do. So you can stop looking at me like we are some Puritan family that has 8 million kids, Sharon.

The greatest thing of all about having younger siblings is the memories you make with them and the influence you give them in life. I will forever be grateful for the opportunity that I have had to grow as an older sister. Kids can teach you amazing things, and you can also teach yourself great things taking care of them. You will create a bond and be their first best friend in life, and that is all one can ask for as an older sibling.




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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

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Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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What It Feels Like To Be Reunited With Your Sisters

My best friends, my confidants, and the most annoying girls you'll ever meet all in one.

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As someone who has always been close with their siblings, it's always strange when I come to the sudden realization (usually at three in the morning) that we will probably never live very close to each other again. We're scattered all around the nation right now: one of us on the West Coast, another sister in the Midwest, a brother in New England, and the last one (me) in the South. My sisters and brother were more than just siblings, they were my best friends growing up. The fact that I only get to see them during Christmas and maybe a weekend in the summer breaks my heart.

After the winter holiday break, we began to collectively wonder: when is the next time we'll all actually be together again? Will we be able to see each other in the summer? Will my older sister be too busy with her new Californian job? Will my other sister be preoccupied with research in her graduate program? Will my brother be willing to stop playing video games to go out to dinner with us if we even could all gather up?

I decided to take action against my fear of never seeing my siblings again. While most of my peers were planning a trip to some tropical location for spring break, I saved enough money to buy a ticket to Chicago where one of my sisters lives. My mother agreed to join the trip, which encouraged my oldest sister to abandon sunny San Francisco and visit the Windy City.

Even though the gap between my winter break and my spring break was not too large, I still missed my siblings immensely and longed for any moment I could spend with them. I'm aware that these opportunities will be few and far between, so I need to take advantage while I can.

Of course, your idolized version of being reunited with family does not always align with reality. Within ten minutes of seeing my sister, we were already bickering, and that was not the first time we would fight during the trip.

Still, part of me misses those pointless arguments. I miss the yelling, the hair-pulling, how my two older sisters sometimes gang up on me as the youngest child. To me, all of those things are worth it because, after all of that, we can laugh about childhood memories or give each other advice on our love lives (or for me, lack thereof). I get to see my sisters try to balance becoming adults while they still giggle at "That's What She Said" jokes.

It's strange to watch my sisters get older, to see them discover their path in life. I always saw them as so mature and sure of themselves, but it's nice to know that they're still themselves. Growing up doesn't mean they've lost their sense of humor adventure. They're still my sisters, and they're still my best friends.

After this, I don't know when the next time I'll see them will be. Of course, there is so much technology available, so if I really wanted to sit on the couch and watch "Brooklyn 99" with my sister while eating dinner, we could do that together. But, it's not quite the same if you don't get to share a blanket or occasionally smack one-another in the arm when they keep interrupting the episode. As much as we try to imitate the physical sensation of being next to someone, you can't mirror the feeling completely.

Now that we've gone to the Midwest, maybe our next trip will be to the West Coast, and then they'll even visit me at college. All I know is that distance will not keep me and my sisters apart. Family can cross timezones, cross borders, cross all obstacles. For family, I'm willing to do what I can for another moment of rewatching the last episode of Friends for the thirtieth time.

Oh, and I guess my brother can come too.

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