13 People Share What Their Experiences of Growing Up in Multiple Sibling Households Taught Them
Reddit user Pbackrider asked, “Children in multi-sibling households, what lessons did you learn that the only child might never get?” If you’re an only child, you might find these answers eye-opening. If you grew up with multiple siblings, you will probably find yourself nodding in agreement.
“Don’t Tell Mom”
Reddit user BeanBeast wrote:
It’s all fun and games till you hurt your sibling. Then you have to convince them that they are fine and suggesting to them that they can hit you back but just don’t tell mom
Lick Your Food
If you don’t want your older brothers to eat your food you’ve saved for later ensure that they witness you licking the food all over before putting it in the fridge.
Someone Who Understands
Not really a lesson, but having someone to commiserate with/have your back when your parents aren’t being reasonable
Leftovers? What leftovers? You would have to fight for and hide them like water in the apocalypse.
When you’re getting food in the middle of a show, carry the TV remote with you.
Hand-me-down clothing is often a practical necessity in multi-sibling households.
What Really Happened?
It doesn’t matter what happened, it only matters that you can convince people what happened.
Boys vs Girls
The opposite sex is no great mystery when you’ve got mixed sibs.
If one of your siblings is getting in trouble, just keep your mouth shut so you don’t get sucked in
How to Borrow Clothes
The art of borrowing clothes and avoiding the sibling all day at the school until you can get home.
Being the Oldest Sibling
As the oldest child: because you get there first for everything, you may be punished more or less severely than your siblings for the same offense. This will piss off every other sibling.
Not Getting to Do What You Want
So many only-child friends seemed to dictate the entire household. If kid wanted to go to the beach, they went to the beach. I didn’t even get to pick whether I wanted McDonalds or Burger King for dinner- my mom was picking which one she wanted so she didn’t have to listen to us bicker.Also, if your younger brother eats random things, you aren’t allowed to have marbles in the house. Doesn’t matter that you’re not some moron who eats inedible objects, your brother is a moron, so you suffer.
As the youngest sibling, I will always and forever be “player two” when it comes to any multiplayer video game.