Growing Up With Siblings Essay


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In a house with more than one kid, there are bound to be some problems. Brothers and sisters borrow stuff, and don't always return it in top condition. Younger kids sometimes feel like the older kids get to do whatever they want. Older brothers and sisters think that the baby of the family gets more attention. These are typical problems found throughout the ages, everywhere in the world.

When brothers and sisters don't get along, it's called sibling rivalry (say: SIH-bling RYE-vul-ree). A sibling is a brother or sister and rivalry means competition. It's normal, but too much competition can make for an unhappy home life.

Let's talk about getting along with brothers and sisters. They're not so bad, are they?

What Is Sibling Rivalry?

A little competition isn't a bad thing. Sometimes it can keep you working hard — like when you and your brother spend time shooting hoops. If he's good at it, it may make you want to improve, too. But some sibling rivalry involves arguing, like when you think your brother is hogging the ball. People who love each other might argue sometimes, but too much fighting is unpleasant for everyone.

Have you ever heard of the green-eyed monster called jealousy? Sometimes brothers and sisters are jealous of one another. For instance, if your sister always does well at school, it may be frustrating for you, especially if your grades are lower.

Although you're probably proud of your sibling or siblings, it's normal to be a little jealous, too. It may make you feel better to focus more on doing your own personal best, rather than comparing yourself with a brother or sister.

All kids want attention from their parents, but sometimes you need to take turns. If you're feeling ignored or like your sibling is always in the spotlight, talk to your mom or dad. If a parent knows you're feeling left out, together you can figure out ways to help you feel better again.

Don't Lose Your Cool

Sometimes when you're jealous and frustrated, it's easy to lose your temper. Try to follow these tips to avoid getting into a fight with your brother or sister:

  • Take a deep breath and think a bit. Try to figure out if you are angry with the person or just frustrated with the situation.
  • Remind yourself that you have special talents. Your sister may have won an art contest, but you might be better at basketball, or math, or singing. Eight-year-old Marisa says her brother "always wins running races, but I always get gold stars for good homework grades and that makes me feel better."
  • Try to congratulate your siblings on their achievements and share their happiness. If you do this for them, they'll be more likely to do it for you.

Hopefully, these tips will work. But if the situation gets out of control and you and your brother or sister start fighting a lot, you may need to talk to someone. Mean words can lead to hitting and physical fighting. If this is going on with you and your sibling, talk to a parent or another trusted adult.

Future Friends

It may be hard to believe now, but your brother or sister may turn out to be your best friend someday. Many brothers and sisters fight and compete with each other while growing up but become very close when they get older. As you grow up, your friends might change, but your family is your family forever.

In my opinion, it is better to grow up with brothers or sisters than to be an only child. If you are an only child, you will easily feel lonely. You have to do everything on your own and your parents sometime do not understand you as your brothers or sisters do. When you grow up with brothers and sisters, you can learn good values from them. You will learn how to show your consideration, how to cooperation and share things with others. All these values will help you a lot in the real life.

I'm really bad in writing so I hope you'd help me to prove it.

do you need more points? it is rather short. What is the minimum words required?

here are some points, try it out
-growing up alone might cause a child to get spoil since parents will give the child all the attention and love
-if a child grow up with siblings, he/she is surrounded by siblings' conversation and playful interaction, they enjoy constant intellectual stimulation. This strengthens and sharpens their judgment.

-siblings help teaching them lessons of fairness, sharing, splitting differences, letting others off the hook, forgiving and forgetting.
-understand gender difference more since they might have a sister/brother

Oh, thank you so much. Actually the maximum words required is just 100. But later I'll have to write a longer one later so your opinion is really helpful for my next essay. Thank you.

if only 100 words are required, then i think you did pretty well. None major tweak except for :
- You will learn how to show your consideration, how to cooperate and share things with others.

Thank you. It will be great if you can give me more advices in my later essays.

If you are an only child, you will easily feel lonely.

Instead of writing "you will," I would suggest writing something along the lines of "you may" for the reason that if an only child is in the audience (you should never write the word "you" unless you mean the individual reading the paper...and also know who the audience is) he or she may not feel lonely due to many friends or other time-consuming hobbies or interests.


should be "cooperate"

I hope all goes well with your essay

Oh, I've never think about it that way. I'll rewrite it wright away. Thank you!

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