A Thank You To My Younger Sisters

A Thank You To My Younger Sisters

Even though you steal my clothes I still love you

If you grew up with a sister then you most likely experienced the constant fighting over clothes, who gets shotgun or who eats the last cookie. If you were not blessed with a sister, then lucky you, but also, unlucky you. As much as my sisters annoy me, I don't know what I would do without them.

I thank my sisters for stealing my clothes because it helped me learn how to share. Most of the time, I wish they would at least ask before they’d steal my favorite shoes or cutest going out shirt but it always meant that I could steal theirs too.

I thank them for always making me laugh and doing crazy things, like sleeping in the tub.

I thank them for telling me when I look bad in outfits or if things don’t match. My sisters have helped me improve my fashion sense and find out what kinds of clothes I like best.

I thank them for helping me get over asshole boys and reminding me when I’m so much better than them.

I thank them for always liking my Instagram and Facebook pictures. Not only that but for being my personal photographer and taking the best photos of me and with me (except when they ruin pictures).

I thank them for letting me steal bites of their food at dinner, even though they really don’t want too.

I thank them for letting me yell at them when I’m stressed but loving me after anyway. And for telling me when I’m being crazy and should calm down, even though half the time I don’t calm down.

I thank them for missing me while I’m away at college and always Facetiming me to make me feel better.

Most importantly I thank them for being my best friends and always pushing me to be the best I can be.

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Confessions Of An Only Child: What Life Without Siblings Is Really Like

I may be spoiled, but not in the way you think.

As an only child, I’m a bit of an anomaly. I can probably count on one hand the number of close friends I’ve had over the years who are also only children. This means that when people find out that I’m an only child they usually have a lot of questions. Well, today I’m here to answer these questions and tell you what being an only child is really like.

I may be spoiled, but not in the way you think.

One of the biggest stereotypes about only children is that we’re spoiled rotten. I may be spoiled, but not necessarily with material things. I’m well aware that my parents provided me with a very comfortable life, but I most definitely did not get every toy that I asked for as a child or a brand new car for my 16th birthday. Instead, I was spoiled with love and support from my parents. They attended every band and chorus concert, every dance show and were always there to help me with homework whenever I needed it.

My relationship with my parents has been the most important relationship to me growing up.

Because it’s just been my parents and me my whole life, I have an extremely close relationship with both of them. Without siblings, my parents were my playmates a lot of the time when I was little. I also rarely had a babysitter because it was always just as easy to bring me along. Now, it’s my parents that I go to when I need advice, whether it’s about school, friends or finding an internship. One of my favorite things to do when I go home for the weekend is to go on coffee dates with my dad, and I still call my mom almost every day, even as a junior in college.

Yes, I do wish I had siblings sometimes.

Even as close as I am with my parents, I do feel like I’m missing out sometimes by not having siblings. I don’t have anyone to create inside jokes with about my parents, and sometimes I can get a little lonely. I also get to see the excitement of my friends as their siblings are getting married and having kids, and wish I could experience that, too.

My friends become family.

Because I never had an older sister to give me advice about boys or a brother to look out for me, my close friends have taken these roles in my life. I often brought a friend along on family outings when I was younger, and I share clothes with my roommates like they’re my sisters. I also have a tendency to adopt my friends’ younger siblings like they’re my own (and make sure I never miss their prom pictures).

Being an only child is a foreign concept for many, but it’s all I’ve ever known, and I can’t really imagine my life being any different. Hopefully, this list has debunked some of the myths and answered your questions about what it’s really like to be an only child.

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10 Reasons Why Being The Older Sibling Is The Best— And Worst

You're our responsibility, therefore you have to do what we say.

Older siblings are a different kind of breed. There’s nothing quite like being the “first” for everything, and basically growing up as a built-in mentor for your younger brothers or sisters. In my experience as an older sister, I have definitely grown to love the perks. However, as with anything, there’s always a downside.

For all of the firstborns out there, I have compiled this definitive list of all of the ups and downs we experience to let our younger sibs out there know who’s boss.

1. We’re always right (obviously)

We’ve been around longer, what other reason do you need?

2. But Mom and Dad still believe you over us

You always get the benefit of the doubt and it’s a little unfair.

3. There are more pictures of us around the house

Simply because we’ve been around a little longer.

4. You guys could basically get away with murder

And half of the time you actually get in trouble our parents decide it was MY fault.

5. You're our responsibility

Therefore you have to do what we say.

6. We'll always be the "guinea pig"

Our parents make all of their mistakes with us and you just get to coast on through.

7. We get to forge our own path

We don’t have any expectations to live up to, which is pretty sweet.

8. But we have to "set an example" for you

Because God forbid we’re a bad influence.

9. We secretly love being able to stick up for you when no one else will

It feels great being the go-to.

10. And most all, it's pretty great that we'll always have a built-in best friend

You guys aren’t so bad after all.

Cover Image Credit: Julia Zerull

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