30 Days of Thanks: 7 Reasons Why Sisters Rule
Let me start this out by saying that—first and foremost—I AM a sister. And growing up in a house full of estrogen has given me a self-proclaimed expertise on the matter of sisterhood. But it wasn’t until I had my own children, both girls, when I truly appreciated why being a sister rules (no offense, boys). Here’s why …
A Constant Companion
Growing up, I was never without a playmate. Someone to follow, copy, emulate, borrow from, aspire to be…I did all of those things and more, especially with my oldest sister. I recognize the same pattern in my two girls, the younger one mimicking everything her older sister does, following her anywhere, always game to play school, dress-up, family—anything super girly. True, you can put make-up on your little brother, but he may not enjoy it quite as much.
A Live Doll
Yes it’s stereotypical, but let’s just agree for argument’s sake that most little girls love dolls. My older daughter was no exception. Baby dolls, doll houses, Barbies, whatever—she loved them all. But imagine her joy when, at age 4, we gave her the best gift of all: a LIVE doll! She realized shortly thereafter that she wasn’t going to be able to hold this doll all that much, and it cried more than her other “babies,” but still, this baby girl had potential.
A Live-in Teacher
There’s something particularly maternal about big sisters. I remember this well from my own sister. If mom wasn’t around, she’s the first person I’d go to for clarity on important subjects like what to be for Halloween or which frosting is the yummiest. This is true for my daughters as well. I do my best to keep up with all of my 3-year-old’s questions, but hey, I’m tired. And I don’t have all the answers. My 7-year-old, on the other hand, never seems to tire from this. She digs it actually. She’s a born educator.
Sure, you can have coordinated outfits with a brother, but there’s nothing cuter than matching dresses. (Cue the holiday cards.) That is, until the older sister starts to rebel against being twinsies with a baby. Milk it while it lasts.
Can you wear your brother’s old jeans? Sure. But you can bet that most little girls would be much happier strutting around in that dress they used to covet in big sis’s closet. The twirlier, the better. Extra points for hand-me-down princess gowns and fairy wings.
The Sister Trifecta
Forget what Jan Brady says about the curse of the middle sibling. If you’re lucky enough to have both older and younger sisters, you’ve got the best of both worlds. The older sister has already broken-in mom and dad, now a little less worried about each little tumble. On the flip side, the younger sister is standing by idolizing your every move. A win-win.
A Life-Long Friend
Whether you’re nursing a bad break-up or need a make-up consultant, the best part of having a sister is that she’s there for you in a way a brother could never be (girl power!). And later in life, you’ll cherish having a best friend that has been with you all along the way.
I don't always get along with my seven siblings, but that's the true value of a sibling: Someone who teaches you important life lessons about getting along. This summer, my daughter's reign as an only child ended and while going from one to two kids has been difficult, I'm glad we gave her a sibling.view gallery
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