5 Important Things I learned From Babysitting My Nieces

5 Things I have learned while babysitting my nieces

I think I can wait a few more years to have kids of my own.

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I grew up with three older brothers. The eldest being 36, while the youngest is 30. Out of the three of the boys, only two of them had children. Which made me an aunt at a very young age, I believe I was about eight or nine when my first niece arrived. Since there is a major age gap between my brothers and me, and since they all live far away, I have not had much of the privilege to see my brothers or their kids in a while. Recently, the youngest of my brothers, daughters came to visit for a few weeks while they were looking for a new home. So I got to babysit two of my beautiful nieces, one is 8-years-old and the other one is only 5 months. I am still helping to babysit them and I have learned quite a few things.

1. I cannot wait to have my own kids.

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I have always wanted to be a mom. Even when I younger, I knew I wanted to be one. Although relationships are not my forte, I love kids and have always been good with them. So hanging out with my nieces has taught me that I cannot wait to have my own tiny humans running around that look like the love of my life and myself.

2. I CAN wait to have kids.

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This is a given, but kids are a handful. Especially when they are first born. I cannot count how many restless nights I have had recently due to taking care of them. I love my sleep so I cannot fathom being a mom right now at this point in my life. I am at no point right now where I am ready to have kids. So sorry mom, give me another 10 years and then we shall see.

3. Babies take a lot of work.

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As I said prior, kids are a handful. They need a constant level of attention that I do not have right now. Yet, every second with them is very brightening and I enjoy getting to help see them grow for just a short amount of time.

4. Entertainment is key.

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Along with the increased level of attention, kids need a plethora of entertainment. Not only are they constantly moving, but so are you. It is important to make sure that they are busy -- or napping when given the chance -- to make sure that they are never bored and always entertained.

5. Being a single parent would really suck.

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I do not know how single parents take care of themselves and their children. I give them major props for being able to be everything in one person for themselves and their children. As I said before, kids take a good time and effort to maintain, so a two parent household is so much more convenient and beneficial for children.

This whole experience has taught me that children need so much more than what we give them sometimes. Also, thank god for being an aunt because I can give them back as soon as I get to take care of them. I have also learned that it is super important to mention how children are so much more in charge of our future than we really think. They have the ability to be the generation that fixes everything our generation or the ones prior have messed up. Not only are their little smiles contagious, but they will be the ones to make or break what future we have in store.c

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10 Things You've Said If You're Freakishly Close With Your Sibling

You can't choose your family but you can choose your friends.

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It's true, siblings are equally your best friend and sworn enemy. It's also true that you probably can't imagine life without them. They might annoy you, beat you up, call you names, and get you in trouble, but in the end, the pros outweigh the cons. You can't get rid of them so you might as well reap the benefits of having a life-long confidant. As we've got older, my brother and I have learned to coexist more peacefully than in the past. One might even consider us friends. Our bickering has turned into playful banter and our inside jokes have only become more exclusive.

This week, I decided to focus on the benefits of having a sibling. Younger or older, you've probably found yourself asking or saying these things to your sibling once or twice.

1. "Mom, where is (name)?"


You probably like to keep tabs on their whereabouts just in case you need them at any given moment. You also constantly worry about them, which is your excuse for always asking this question.

2. "Want to hang out?"


There is nothing better than quality time with your sibling. Even if that just means snap chatting each other while you're sitting in the same room.

3. "Add me on Find My Friends."

Specifically referring to younger siblings, the older they get, the more protective you get. This also comes in handy when you're bored and want to know how long it will be until they get home.

4. "I'll only go if you go."

We usually send (& receive) these texts most when our parents ask us to accompany them on a family outing. If I'm going to suffer, then so are they. You also know, having them there will make everything more fun.

5. "Get in my Snapchat."

They make your Snapchats 100% better by just being in them.

6. "What time will you be home?"

They know the second they get home from a night out, you'll want details and gossip.

7. "Do you need a ride home?"

You're willing to do them favors, not only because you care about them but because that just means more time to hang out and jam in the car.

8. "Invite your friends over tonight."

If you're friends with your sibling, this probably means you're friends with their friends too. You've successfully managed to double your inner circle.

9. "Will you pick me up food on your way home?"

When you're too lazy to get food on your own so you have your personal slave fetch you lunch.

10. "I need some advice..."

One of my personal favorites. Whether about school, friends, relationships, or our parents, I know we've got each other's backs.

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To The Older Sibling I Never Had, I Wish You Were Here To Guide Me

I know you don't exist, and I know you never will, but sometimes I catch myself imagining a life with you in it.

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Starting high school is a terrifying feeling and an insane transition when you don't have anyone to guide you through it. It was a mere 15-step walk to the door, and once I was inside my parents promised me there would be somebody there to help me find my classes, so why did I feel like I was being thrown straight into the gates of hell? I counted down the minutes until we pulled into the school parking lot and dreaded the sound of the car door opening and the anticipated start to the "best four years of my life."

As we were pulling up, I saw a girl who went to the same middle school as I followed her older brother, who was a senior through the front doors as if it had been rehearsed at home. At this moment, I would have given my right foot to walk in her shoes right behind an older brother just this once. Eventually, I just walked right inside.

Unfortunately, this would not be the last of my longing for guidance from the older sibling I've never had.

I get it, I got a B in math. I get it, if I would have spent last Friday night studying instead of out with my friends it is possible that I could have gotten an A. But, what my parents seemed to not get was that life actually does go on even if you get a B on a report card. Time doesn't stop, your dreams don't diminish, and you are still viewed as a fairly competent person.

Luckily for my younger sisters, it seems my parents eventually did get it at the cost of my phone being taken away for three months and my social life ceasing to exist for the rest of that school year. As I spent every Friday night at home studying I longed, for just this once, to have an older sibling who was willing to take this hit for me.

Why did nobody tell me that it's actually more fun to go to school dances with friends than the boy you barely know who is just desperate for some conversation with the opposite sex?

I always wondered why that girl I went to middle school with never took a date to any of our formals or homecomings. Eventually, four homecomings and two proms later, I realized that this was because stumbling through the awkward introductions to family, tolerating the completely posed and overdone photos that would never actually be posted anywhere because you didn't talk outside of this forced interaction, and small talk over fruit punch and loud music was never actually necessary. Of course, I passed this message to my younger sisters and saved them the struggle of finding out for themselves.

Don't even get me started on being the first sibling to have to navigate applying to colleges.

I really could have used you then. I'm convinced there is nothing more difficult than trying to fill out a FAFSA or Common Application with absolutely no guidance or experience. Is my application essay long enough? Should I apply for early or regular admission? What if I don't get accepted anywhere? As selfish as it sounds, I would have given my other foot not to have to find these things out for myself.

I'd trade a lifetime worth of shotgun privileges to have you in my life to help me figure this stuff out.

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