Perks Of Being The Oldest Child

Perks Of Being The Oldest Child

It's you the others have to be compared to

Being the older sibling is both a blessing and a nightmare. For example, you're no longer alone and you have someone younger and easier to put the blame on too. Unfortunately, it also means you know the bliss of being an only child as well. Sometimes, you even look back on those days with a fond and yearning smile but just remember - bear through it all - life would be less colorful without your younger sibling(s) - (you may interpret that last part with whatever kind of connotation you feel befitting of it). Anyway, with age comes responsibility, and sometimes a little brat that keeps trying to get you in trouble, right?

Unfortunately for you, for us, that answer is a, "Right, yes," or maybe even a,"Oh yeah, please help me." But do not despair! There is always some sunshine to the rain, and you may just need to be reminded of it.

Being the older sibling, means you have someone smaller and younger to put the blame on. While the popular preconception is that the younger ones always get the bigger ones in trouble, it can actually sometimes go the other way around. Little Sally was the one who broke the remote, not you - you're too smart to play around with such a thing anyway, right?

Besides that, being older also means you get to set the bar as high as you want. Of course, if you've been an only child for a while, that might mean that you might not have even known that you would ever become a standard your other future siblings should aspire to be, but hey - at least you won't have any expectations set by others to live up to like them. Other than that, you also get more responsibility compared to your other siblings, and while that can be a double-edged sword in itself - the advantages of having more authority and control usually outweigh the disadvantages in the end.

And did I mention that you have more authority as the older sibling? Yes, I did - and that also means you get to be more bossy with your siblings. You get to pass on your chores on to them and have them cater to your whims because 1) you're older - they "have" to listen to you, and 2) you have more "important" things to take care of rather than take the trash out; your college applications take precedence over trivial chores.

So the lesson at the end of the day is that being older does not mean having more burdens to carry on. Sure, at times your siblings may seem exactly like that - burdens, but all in all, being older means having things better. You have more power over the others, you get to claim things first, you on't have to get hand-me downs, etcetera; the list goes on!

So keep your head help up high, older sister/brother, and keep your patience up while you're at it too!

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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