5 Things You’ll Relate To If You’re The Big Sister

In case you didn’t already know, I’m a big sister. There’s only 3 years between me and Rebecca which can be both a blessing and a curse in disguise. We talk like best friends, fight like cat and dog and laugh like hyenas; but isn’t that what sisters are for?

Today I’d like to share a few things that I’ve learnt about being a big sister recently. Of course, Rebecca is 18 years old so we’ve been partnered up for a while now, but it’s only recently that I’ve been able to sit back and reflect on our relationship. I think this is due to the fact that a lot of things have been going on around us lately. I moved out, she’s headed off to uni and now we seem to be getting along better than ever.

5 Things You’ll Relate To If You’re The Big Sister

  • Being the ‘Guinea Pig’ of the family.

    Yep I said it! Us big sisters are always the first to experience new things, and with that comes the fact that your parents will be experiencing for the first time too. Your first sleepover, your first night out and your first boyfriend are all things that you’re more than likely to experience before your little sister. Our parents are just finding their feet when it comes to these big steps in our lives, and this means that they tend to do things a little differently the second time around! In my household this means that my parents were a little more lenient with Rebecca.

  • Arguing with your little sister, and then worrying about her.

    Ah yes, she scribbled all over YOUR colouring book. She ruined your new top. She’s pestering you when you’re with your friends. We can all relate to these squabbles, and you might have even lashed out at your sister! There are many occasions where I’ve lost my temper with Rebecca and hit her or shouted. But you can guarantee that the minute she’s gone you worry about having upset or hurt her.

  • Fighting the urge not to get involved in her playground arguments.

    Nobody tells me sister what to do except me, and nobody gets to say anything mean to her. It’s the typical big sister attitude. I mean, it’s your job right? No doubt when she starts getting into little tiffs at school, as many young girls do, you’ll be biting your nails and using all of your strength not to get involved!

  • Coveting each other’s wardrobes.

    This might not apply to everyone, but Rebecca and I are very similar size wise. Admittedly she’s a little taller and thinner, and she does have bigger feet (I really drew the short straw,) but generally we’re able to share each other’s clothes. For some reason she always wants to borrow my clothes and I always want to borrow hers! I guess it’s a sister thing.

  • Being able to really laugh with her, more than you can with anyone else.

    You’re sisters remember! It’s not always bad, in fact most of the time it’s pretty great. I’m a firm believer that no matter how much you argue right now one day you’ll reach that age where you’re more friends than sisters. When that happens, you’ll have years of memories to look back on together and you’ll know each other better than anyone else. So when you get together and start laughing trust me you’ll struggle to stop.

So there’s a few things that I’ve learnt recently about being a big sister. If you’re a big sister can you relate to my points? Or alternatively if you’re the little sister; how are things from your point of view? Head over to Facebook and Twitter and let me know!

Rachel x

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