The Sibling Effect: 5 Ways My Little Brothers Help Keep Me Grounded

by Alyssa Palladino

My parents have provided me with so much in my life.

They've given me a roof over my head. They've given me food, clothing and a support system to always fall back on.

But the absolute best gift they've ever given me is the gift of being an older sister to a younger brother.

When I was a child, I would often daydream about what it would be like to have a sister, someone to play dolls with, share clothes with and be a reflection of myself.

But, a sister never came my way.

Instead, I was blessed with not one, but two younger brothers. They are loud and wild, and they know how to make me go insane.

I would never want it any other way.

The bond an older sister has with her younger brother is unbreakable, and it's unlike any other human bond.

Having a younger brother is a crazy, beautiful experience for an older sister. Here are a few reasons why:

1. He keeps you down-to-earth.

A younger brother isn’t going to allow you to get caught up in your materialistic world. If you’re being overdramatic, he'll tell you.

He'll let you know if you take too long to get ready when the whole family has been waiting on you to leave for an event. He'll tell you not to worry about what you look like, and remind you what's really important.

He'll make sure you know when you're being selfish, and he'll prevent you from acting greedily.

2. You can "nerd out" with him.

A younger brother is someone you can talk to about all the TV shows and movies you're currently obsessing over, without him judging you for it.

You can go on for hours about the heartbreaking question of whether or not Jon Snow is actually dead, and he won’t stop you.

He's probably still upset over it, too.

3. There's never a dull moment with him.

Younger brothers are so much fun. They're goofy and lively, and they create an atmosphere that can only lead to hilariously unforgettable moments.

There are so many pressures girls and women have to deal with in today’s world.

A younger brother will give you a break from all that, and he'll make you laugh until you can’t breathe.

4. You can play tricks on him.

Younger brothers are the best to play tricks on. They underestimate their older sister, and they never see it coming.

Guys don’t always know every aspect of the world of hair and makeup.

That peel-off facial mask you’re wearing? Take advantage of it. Take it off your face while he's watching you, and he'll think you’re ripping off your own skin.

You'll never see a more horrified look.

5. You held his hand growing up. Now, he holds yours.

When your brother is still young, you grab him and tell him to look both ways while crossing the street.

After he falls down while playing, you grab a Band-Aid and clean out his wound.

Now, he's grown. He's bigger than you, and he doesn’t need you to help him with every little thing.

The tables have turned, and he's there for you.

He tells you not to go to a certain place alone because it could be dangerous. When your heart gets broken, he’s there to sit with you and tell you the guy was a jerk anyway.

You were there for him when he was young, and now he is there for you when you are vulnerable.

Being an older sister to a younger brother is one of the absolute best gifts life has given me. I love spending time with each of my younger brothers, and I appreciate all the moments and baggy sweatshirts we share.