Some brothers and sisters cannot pass by each other without exchanging the “you’re annoying” looks or worse, and are constantly at battle. Then there is the “I have nothing to do with you” siblings where each one completely blocks out the idea that the other even exists. Of course some manage to appreciate each other and are more like “best friends”. Try using these tips with both your older and younger siblings to be from the latter.
- Pick your battles and don’t fight over petty things - For example, who gets the TV remote control isn't worth a screaming battle. Actually, if you are patient and get along with your siblings, he or she will be willing to compromise with you and you could win both your sibling and the remote!
- It’s annoying when you are trying to annoy someone, but they aren’t annoyed - If you feel your siblings make their best effort to get on your nerves, don’t let it show when they do. Their whole purpose could be to hear you yell and get a big reaction, but if they get no response, you’ll have won and ended the game.
- Offer to do things before being asked to do them - When your brother is about to shovel snow outside, offer to help before your parents or brother ask you to. This will show that you are responsible and also help you win people’s respect.
- Be more tolerant - Instead of saying “I cleaned up all my stuff and your junk is strewed from one end to the other”, say, “Could you try to gather your things before you go out?” This is more effective and will lead to a better relationship with your sibling.
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Friends May Come and Go, But Family is Forever
- Imitating is really a compliment - If your younger siblings is mocking you and you feel annoyed, you really should be taking it as a compliment. Why in the world, you ask? If your sibling didn’t like what you were doing, he/she obviously wouldn't have done the same thing you did. Instead be grateful that you have people that look up to you and love you. It’s something to be proud of.