8 Reasons Being The Oldest Sibling Is The Best Thing On Earth

8 Reasons Being The Oldest Sibling Is The Best Thing On Earth

It's a blessing and a curse.

If you’re the oldest sibling and remind your younger brother or sister who’s boss, then you rock. If you’re not the oldest sibling, you still rock. There’s a sense of power and dignity that comes with the territory of being the oldest sibling.

Some aspects of being the oldest sibling are a blessing, some of them are curses, and some of them are blessings in disguise. It’s not like we can take the torch of responsibility and hand it off to the next older sibling because life’s just not that kind. However, here are some reasons why being the oldest sibling rocks.

1. You’re much wiser than your younger sibs because you get to do everything before them *haha*

2. You get to be the superhero in their eyes until they grow out of that younger stage

3. As the oldest, you aren’t expected to follow anyone’s footsteps but your own

4. But you’re secretly in love they have to follow your footsteps

5. You’re the one “in charge” while your parents are out of the house

6. As the oldest, you get first dibs on almost everything like the biggest bedroom and last slice of cake

7. You always have someone younger to blame stuff on when you get in trouble

8. But you’re always there to love, comfort, and advise them when things go wrong

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To My Brothers: You've Shaped My Life More Than You Know

Picking on me was just part of your job, and only your job.

To the dudes that wouldn't let me date until I was married,

I am who I am today because of you. My love for 2000 Nelly is no doubt, YOUR FAULT. I loved football before I learned how to break a nail, and I expect my bf to buy me Wendy's, drive me places, treat me gently, and always protect me.

I recognize strength when I see it and I'll forever believe in the phrase, "Nothing is ever as bad as it seems, but nothing is ever as good as it seems". Translation: You won't suffer so don't fear and if you missed out on something good, it's okay... there will be more chances and something better to come.

I know I have two best friends that this crazy world can't separate me from, no matter how many miles are in between us. And Dan, even in this divided country, you gave me the chance to see there are such good souls out there who will love our sacred nation in high times and low times. I appreciate our freedom because of those who sacrifice so much, like you.

You both have taught me why it's so important to be there and support someone. It meant the world to me, and it feels good to encourage others. You gave me the opportunity to be the loudest in the stands on Friday nights, so I continued to in high school.

(Sorry I didn't wait until I was married.)

Eric, your wife has become a sweet sister to me. Your love for her and how much you respect and love each other through the up's and down's has given me so many of my own expectations for my future spouse.

And even though more people in high school knew me as 'Coach Metcalf's sister' more than my own name, I couldn't be more proud. AND MOSTLY thank you for not dropping me off on the side of the road when I made you late to school when we were younger!! You've been my rock for so many years, I don't know what I'd do without you.

You've always kept me on the right path, and if I think "it will disappoint mom, dad, or you" I still won't do whatever it is my reckless heart wants to. I can't thank you enough for keeping me grounded or tying pillows around me with a rope so I wouldn't fall off of the couch... You've shaped me in so many ways for the better. <3 Love always, your baby girl.

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10 Things You Understand If You Grew Up With Brothers

Brothers: you can't live with them, and you can't live without them.

I'd take growing up with brothers over sisters any day. So, here are 10 things you understand if you, like me, grew up with brothers.

1. You can definitely take a hit

There were probably one or two occasions when you had to engage in a bit of fisticuffs with your brothers. No big deal, you learned how to fend for yourself early on.

2. You always had a sweatshirt to wear

Why steal a boyfriend's sweatshirt that you may just end up giving back when you could steal all your brother's t-shirts and sweatshirts?

3. They are the end-all, say-all on boys

If you bring a new boyfriend home and your brothers don't like him, you don't have a new boyfriend anymore. Their opinion on boys matters. After all, they just want what's best for you.

4. You were forced into sports at a young age.

It was probably just easier for your parents to drop you all off at the soccer field on a Saturday instead of having to take one kid to football, one to soccer and one to ballet.

5. Attitudes did not fly in your house

You absolutely were not going to get away with having a snotty attitude. Your brothers were going to shut that down real fast.

6. You were forced to watch sports

Oh, sorry, did you have a show to watch on a Sunday in the Fall? Not going to happen. Sundays were reserved for football and you better have had another television to watch your show on or you were going to be watching the Steelers game for a few hours.

7. You always had someone to defend you.

Your brothers definitely were always down to defend you, and still are.

8. You constantly had to worry about getting hurt

When the only thing to do on a summer day was play football with your brothers in the yard, you were going to have to accept that it came with a few minor cuts and bruises.

9. You always had fashion help

Believe it or not, some guys have an awesome sense of fashion. Some of the best compliments I've received on outfits were confirmed by one of my brothers before I left the house.

10. Now, you understand men a little better

Growing up with brothers definitely helped you grasp a better understanding on how a typical man thinks.

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