In this blog I am going to tell you how to survive as an older sibling. Remember the first siblings; one of them killed the other. We are trying to avoid that. I can’t guarantee the success of this procedure, so your siblings will grow to love or possibly hate you, whatever works for you.
Being an older sibling can be tough at times, well, all the time, but if you follow these tips you have a 50-50 chance of survival. For the younger siblings who are reading this, which I know you are because you love to irritate, remember, I did warn you.
Ten is a magical number. It controls anger issues, it’s a great teaching tool for siblings younger than 5, and it can help you get to sleep when your brothers or sisters are bothering you. This is how you use it: count slowly in your head 1, 2, 3… and so on. Once you reach ten you should see immediate results.
Find at least one sibling who you can talk with freely or share secrets with. Make sure you know that that trusted sibling knows that you don’t share their secrets with your friends. If you trust no one but your diary, that works too.
Take the time at least once a day to tell all your brothers or sisters that you love them. Yes, you have to mean it. Even if you don’t think that you can love all those siblings, you know you do deep down. If you express love to a brother or sister and they give you a weird look, it’s okay, they’ll get used to it.
Patience is a virtue, usually. Most of the time you feel like your temper will take over any moment. Just refer to tip #1.
Live, Love, Laugh, and in your case, Exhale. Breathing is often referred to as an excellent relaxation technique. It goes like this: breathe in really deeply and exhale really loudly. It will show your troublesome sibling that you are very mad. After “exhaling” talk really slowly to imply that you are about to blow (No, not your nose).
So, Be thankful! Celebrate you were born first. This privilege comes with seniority benefits: your own room (usually), and you get everything first. Just try not to be commanding, irritating, or demanding. Congrats! You get to plow the road, make the path, and lead the way for your younger siblings. Therefore you experience everything first. Whoop de do. Yes, I know, so exciting, but try to follow my advice and you will be the perfect role model to your siblings. More or less.
Thought of the day: “The Rule of Sibs: If your sibling gets something you want, you(1) try to take it; (2) break it; or (3) say it’s no good.”
-Patricia Fleming (Though I wish I came up with it)