If you have a sibling, chances are you know how hard it can be sometimes to live with him or her. If he is younger than you, he can seem unbearable to be around. If she is older, you can feel left out at times. No matter what the case, you want to get along with your sibling because you love him or her. Here are some tips to keeping a healthy relationship with your sibling:
Communication is key in any relationship, but it’s especially important in a relationship with your brother or sister. If you’re fighting with your brother or sister, the best way to end the argument is to talk it out. Explain your feelings with, “I feel” statements in a mature manner. This way you aren’t throwing the blame at your sibling for the fight and you’re setting an example.
Respect each other.
If you and your sibling are in the same room studying, don’t make it difficult for him or her by being loud. If your sibling has a different style than you, don’t make fun of her preferences. Let her find who she is through her own way. Don’t be a bully, be a support system. God made your sibling unique, it’s your job to help her discover who she is while discovering your role as well.
Remember to show love.
It may be awkward sometimes, but remember to be loving towards your sibling. The bond you have with your brother or sister is one that cannot be broken. He or she will always be there for you when you need him or her the most, even when you don’t think you’ll ever need to rely on his or her support.
Sure, your younger brother may get on your nerves when he wants to hang out with you and your friends – but it’s not going to kill you. Let him see what healthy friendships are like so that he can form them too. Ten minutes of letting him in will not disrupt the hours you spend with your friends.
Your job as a sibling, whether you’re older or younger, is to set an example. It’s to be a role model. Yes, even as a younger sibling you can be a role model. Having a sibling can be rough sometimes, but it’s special. Developing relationships with your siblings will help you develop relationships with other people in the future: classmates, roommates, neighbors, co-workers. Your brother or sister will always be there for you throughout your journey and life and it’s best to have someone that you connect with thoroughly. You can’t choose your family, so make the best of what you have and always be the best sibling you can be.