This blogpost is based on real events, although if you ask the little brother we will deny any evidence of it.
Here 8 things that you will only experience if you’re the big sister based on my own experience as a big sister and now our first child’s experience.
#1 You are suddenly considered an “almost” full grown-up
no matter if you’re 5 or 13, if you’re only months or years apart, from the moment you become the eldest you are responsible for your brother’s sake ALWAYS.
This takes me to #2 The blame is always on YOU or at least most of the times…
When little E (our baby boy who’s 7 months old) pulls J’s hair (our 5 year old) we never say ‘E stop pulling J’s hair’ It’s actually more like: ‘J why did you put your hair so close to his hand??!’
#3 It will be 10 times harder to impress your family
So you’re doing all sorts of acrobatics BUT your little brother is suddenly able to hold his toy with one hand, that’s it, you’ve lost it! He got your parents attention for a good while!
#4 Baby brother has to be a part of the game regardless of time and circumstances.
When playing with your Barbie doll he will be the giant monster that invades the mansion or when you’re with your friends or cousins and you want to go somewhere he will have to come with you.
Which makes me remember my teen years and #5 when your little brother is not so “little” any more he then will become your chaperone.
His will is not questioned on this matter if you’re going on a date your parents will make him go with you. Nothing less appealing than having your little brother around, right?
#6 You will be able to comfort him like nobody else does
This applies when you’re still little and you’re able to make him laugh with your silliness or when you grow older and you’re able to connect with him and say the right words to make him feel better.
#7 You will be able to understand each other by just a look
As years go by, complicity between you and him will be so strong that words won’t be necessary to laugh at a joke or understand a situation.
#8 He will become the best friend you never asked for but you cannot live without.
Siblings relationships are fascinating, when being young you can fight, laugh, cry, all at the same time. When you grow up it’s not much different to that… The truth is that beyond time, age or distance there’s a special bond. I can see it with our children and I’ve lived it with my own brothers. When I was little I always wanted to have a big brother, I used to complain for being the eldest. I wouldn’t change it for anything now. Being the big sister is the best!
What would you add to this list? There are so many things!