Things Only People With Siblings 10+ Years Younger Than Them Understand
Start writing a post

Things Only People With Siblings 10+ Years Younger Than Them Understand

It's the real life childhood game of "House."

Things Only People With Siblings 10+ Years Younger Than Them Understand
Huffington Post

For the first 11 years of my life, I was an only child. However, a few weeks after my 11th birthday, my little brother (aka the miracle baby) was born. Then, as an even bigger shock, a few months before I turned 14, my sister was born. Having a sibling, or two, that is a lot younger than you is fun, but is nothing like having a sibling that is only a few years younger than you.

1. You become a live-in nanny.

Now, I loved having a baby in the house, and I loved helping out, but there were definitely times that I felt like a nanny. You become the automatic baby sitter. "Gotta run to the store, you're in charge of your brother (or sister) until I get back." "Can you feed your brother quick? I have to finish doing laundry." Or, "Finish folding the laundry, I gotta change your brother's diaper." And if you're really lucky, you get to change the diaper. Or make supper. Or clean the bathroom.

2. Everyone thinks that your "kid" is so cute.

Yup, when in public, everyone assumes that you're the parent. It becomes a normal thing for strangers to compliment your "child" or ask how old they are. Sometimes, even people you know mistakenly believe that you are the parent. At first, you're embarrassed, and quickly correct them. But eventually, you embrace the mistaken assumptions and simply say "Thank you!" with a smile.

3. Sometimes, you do feel like a parent.

Instead of having a fake baby for your school project, you have a real one to take care of at home. And maybe it's because the oldest child tends to be bossy and dominant (so they say), but at some points you do feel like a parent. You can't relate to them the same way your friends relate to their siblings, because they are so young and don't understand. And they look up to you. Like a lot. You're more than an older sister or brother. You're the really big and old sibling. When your parents are gone, as the live-in nanny you often become the step-in authority figure.

4. Your kids may be closer in age to your siblings than you.

It's weird to think that your own kids could be closer in age to your siblings than you are to your siblings. Instead of your kids going to sleep over at their aunt or uncle's house like I did, their aunt or uncle will be sleeping over at your house. Although, maybe your baby brother or sister can repay you by becoming your live in nanny.

5. You wouldn't have it any other way.

Your friends are so jealous of your cute little brother and sister, and enjoy hearing about their crazy childhood. The house is never quiet, and they are constantly adding some excitement at home (although it isn't always necessarily the good kind of excitement). And as a bonus, they give you an excuse to watch Disney movies all the time (even though you're never too old for Disney).

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
brown leopard on top of grey rock

With its stunning natural beauty, diverse culture, and exciting cities, South Africa is a must-visit destination for any traveller. Great News… it's more affordable than you might think. With the current USD to Rand exchange rate, it's possible for 2 people to travel around this beautiful country for under $1200. But to do so, you'll need some insider knowledge and tips from local students and travel enthusiasts. In this blog, we'll share some of the best hacks to help you explore South Africa on a shoestring budget. From wildlife spotting to city adventures, we've got you covered. So grab your backpack and let's get started!


Exploring South Africa will be an adventure, but let's not ignore the fact that you’ll be a tourist and some areas are not considered safe. Don’t worry, I’ve only included the tourist-friendly spots.

Keep Reading...Show less
A Thank You Letter To My Dance Teachers

Here's to the women that encouraged, disciplined, and loved on me! If it wasn't for you all coaching me through out dance and throughout my life, I think I would probably be on the crazy train to what the good-golly-gee-wiz am I doing with my life?

Keep Reading...Show less

Dating A 'Type-A' Girl

It is all worth it in the end.

Dating A 'Type-A' Girl

You have probably been asked before if you were a Type-A or Type-B personality. People who are considered to be "Type A" tend to be impatient, competitive and ambitious. They know exactly what they want to do and when they want to do it. Then there are people who are considered "Type B." People with Type-B personality are just all around more relaxed. There isn't much that is going to stress them out.

Keep Reading...Show less

This is Keanu Reeves - The One

Sandra Bullock shares her experience of Reeves and how the ones most broken from inside are the ones most willing to help others.

This is Keanu Reeves - The One

Keanu Reeves is known not only for his iconic roles in films like "The Matrix" and "John Wick," but also for his kind-hearted and humble nature, which is somewhat rare in Hollywood. He's also known for his philanthropic work, although he rarely talks about it. He runs a private foundation that funds children's hospitals and cancer research. Recently, Sandra Bullock told us just how he is an amazing human being:

Keep Reading...Show less
Content Inspiration

Top 3 Response Articles of This Week

Read about the hottest summer topics!

Person Reading On The Beach During The Summer

Happy Memorial Day weekend from Odyssey! Here are the top 3 response articles of last week for your beach reading:

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments