5 Truths Every Oldest Sibling Knows All Too Well

5 Truths Every Oldest Sibling Knows All Too Well

It may not be fair, but it gets easier!
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When you are the oldest sibling, you may think you've had it easy until your siblings get older. They will always have it easier, win your parents heart, but at the end of the day, you set the example and are the role model that will be rewarded in the end.

1. Your siblings have it easier than you did

2. Your parents blame you for any situation since “you’re the oldest”

No matter whose fault it really is, it will always be the oldest child’s fault. Parents think because you are the oldest, you are the most responsible, so you should control the younger siblings. Well, the truth is, your siblings don’t always listen to the older sibling because they are not the “parents”.

3. You are the first to complete any life milestone

You pave the way for your siblings, good or bad, so they will always learn from what you did and can adjust. You are the first to face obstacles and it's hard to do that. By paving the way and by not knowing how you accomplished something, you set an example for the younger ones which is something to be admired!

4. You are very protective of your siblings

You can mess with me, but you cannot mess with my siblings! This is an oldest child’s motto when it comes to protecting your siblings. Being older, you can intimidate younger kids who are bullying your siblings. If anyone makes fun of them or bullies them beside you, it’s GAME OVER.

5. You fight constantly but love them forever

Sharing clothes, cars, money, or anything else, you are constantly arguing. As the oldest sibling you kind of let the younger sibling get what they want because you’re older now and don’t really care. You have more important things to worry about like your credit! You will always fight constantly with your siblings because they will steal your stuff when you are away from school and you most likely will not get it back. However, your love for them is always stronger than anything and no one can break that.

Be brave, pave the way, set a good example, but most importantly put your family first!

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A Thank You To My Boyfriend's Family

Because you are so important to him, you are important to me.
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This one isn't easy to sit down and write because nothing I could say would do all of you justice in the way that I would hope I could. These are just words, but I hope that I am able to always show my thank you to you by treating him like the prince he is.

I can replay the moment of meeting each and every one of you all over and over in my head like it was yesterday. I was so extremely nervous every single time and I was trying to gather all the "right" things to say that would leave a good, first-lasting impression and that at the end of the day, you all would like me.

I think one of the most important basis and hopes in my relationship is that my significant other's family likes who I am. This is so important to me because whatever is important to him is equally important to me and your thoughts of me are crucial to our relationship.

The second I walked in the door, I was overwhelmed—overwhelmed with such a love. I had no idea at that point in time just how much you would all mean to me and how thankful I am for all of you!

Thank you for constantly making me laugh and feel at home.

Whenever I'm coming over for a family gathering or just to hang out, I know right off that I am walking into a world of laughter and good times are right beside that. You are all so entertaining and always have a good story to tell me. I can't name one time where I didn't feel like I was home.

And I appreciate the sweet, embarrassing photos and stories about my boyfriend that you all share with me! Even if it is by a photo, I have a glimpse of what his life has always been like thanks to each and every one of you individually.

Thank you for sharing your special moments in life with me.

You don't ever have to, but you invite me anyway. Whether it's just a family gathering, a birthday, or a holiday, I am thankful to have spent those times celebrating these moments in life alongside such amazing people. It's humbling and heartwarming to be a part of memories so unforgettable that you all share and that you have welcomed me to be a part of. They are days that I will never forget and have a place in my heart forever.

Thank you for always being there for him.

Since we have started dating, I have watched the way that you guys love him. I have watched the individual relationships and moments that you share with him make a difference in who he is. I have seen you all love and support him, no matter what he was doing.

With everything that comes along in life, this has been a simple reminder of an unconditional, loving, sacrificing family that is also the best support system. You are not only impacting him, but me, too.

Thank you for welcoming me in like your own.

Whenever you have to brave up and meet your significant other's family, I can say, for myself, that I didn't know what to expect. As I'm sure, none of you did when meeting me. Today, I catch myself wondering why I even worried in the first place. You all have welcomed me in your own ways and made me feel right at home. It is not always easy to do that with just anyone, but you have all taken the time to get to know me. And now I know that if I ever needed anything, I can call one of you.

Thank you for letting me date him.

I am most thankful for this. Thank you for sharing him with me and giving me a chance to show you all how important he is to me. I never thought that I would luck out and meet someone as special, kind, and wonderful as he is, but I did.

You have supported our relationship, given me a chance to love him, and welcomed me to new adventures in love and family. I have the upmost gratitude for each of you. You are the most wonderful, welcoming, and loving family. I am overjoyed to be able to experience just a glimpse of this life with him and with all of you.

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College Has Definitely Changed My Relationship With My Siblings, But We're Still As Close As Ever

College will change your life in several aspects; including the relationship you have with your siblings.

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I was raised to always put family first and I would like to think that I have. I am the oldest of three; we are extremely close. We were always with each other growing up and would have the occasional fight. We acted just like every other pair of siblings. However, I moved to college and a lot has changed since then.

I moved to college a year ago and have loved every minute of it. I always communicate with my family so I know what happens when I am not home. However, I still miss a lot.

I missed watching my brother grow into a man. He was a baby when I left and magically grew 6 inches in the short time I was gone. I missed his junior prom; which wasn't a big deal to him but it was to me. I missed watching his personality grow into who he is now. I missed seeing his love for life grow through the year I was away. I get to hear about his life goals after he has already decided instead of being in the process with him.

My sister is now as tall as I am which is shocking to me considering she was shoulder level when I moved. She grew overnight in my opinion. I feel like I missed a lot with my sister. She was maturing into a young woman. She had to learn how to apply makeup properly from someone else rather than me. I missed several dances of hers where my mom did her hair rather than me doing it. She had to do school work with the help of the internet rather than me. I missed a lot with her because she was younger when I left.

However, even though I missed all of these important life events they still make me feel included when I am miles away. They send me pictures of outfits and ask my opinion, send me examples of homework, and ask how my life is going. They make sure to include me which makes me feel great.

When I visit home is when it is the best though. They make it seem like we have been together this whole time. We are back on the roasting, arguing, and annoying each other. They pack enough in at every visit because after a while I am ready to be back in my apartment and they are waiting too. However, our love is strong and will never be destroyed; we just have to wait longer to annoy each other.

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