National Siblings Day (also referred to as Sibling Day) is observed on April 10. It is a day created to honor our brothers and our sisters.
Siblings. They are sometimes our best friends or our worst enemies. At times, siblings will provide us with our biggest competition, strongest encouragement and remind us of our most embarrassing moments.
- Fictional characters describe those siblings best who are both rivals and yet are best friends. In The Hunger Games, Katniss puts her life on the line to save her sister Prim. Both Bo and Luke Duke in The Dukes of Hazzard risked their lives for each other. Author Beverly Cleary’s Beezus and Ramona’s longtime love-hate relationship between siblings depicted a normal childhood filled with angst.
- Real life royal siblings Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret had a different set of rules to follow making their relationship quite different from anything we would call normal. Being a queen will do that.
- Queen Elizabeth’s grandsons, Princes William and Harry and William’s children, too have royal sibling relationships that engage the world.
- Playing fictional characters who are siblings and being siblings in front of a television audience must have created a different lifestyle for Mary Kate and Ashley Olson. Their older sister is Elizabeth.
- Another pair of sibling actors is Shirley MacLaine and Warren Beatty.
- There have been plenty of presidents with siblings as well. George W. Bush has five siblings and William Jefferson Clinton has three.
- The sibling relationship can’t be replicated. Your parents leave you too soon and your kids and spouse come along late, but your siblings knew you when you were a child. Assuming you all reach a ripe old age, they’ll be with you until the very end, and for that reason, there is an intimacy and a familiarity that can’t possibly be available to you in any other relationship throughout your life.
- Men with sisters are better at talking to girls. There’s a greater degree of sensitivity and listening skills in boys who grew up with sisters.
- Middle children really do get the shaft in terms of parental attention. Middle children (and many second borns) tend to invest in greater ways in friendships outside the home and be much less connected to the family.
- Property is the biggest cause of conflict among siblings.
- Parents don’t treat children equally. Parents can’t treat children equally, because they’re very different people and they have different needs. Age is the obvious driver of this, because older children will get certain privileges and freedoms that younger kids don’t get, and younger kids will get indulgences that older children won’t get.
- Kids without siblings get greater exposure to the adult world before those with siblings. Only children tend to exceed other kids in terms of academic accomplishments, sophistication, vocabulary, and often, social skills.
- Siblings spend more time with each other than with anyone else. A Pennsylvania State University study revealed that by the time children turn 11, they spend about 33% of their spare time with their siblings.
- The more siblings you have, the less likely you are to divorce as an adult.
- Parents really do prefer one child over another. A team of researchers found that 65 percent of moms and 70 percent of dads have a favorite — typically the older child.
- Fights between siblings are natural. A study has said that siblings who are aged between 3 and 7 years old are involved in fights 3 1/2 times in an hour. The frequency is even worse with toddlers who reportedly fight every 10 minutes.
- Younger siblings have a tendency to be more rebellious and extroverted.
- Siblings tend to bully each other.
- THE YOUNGEST SIBLING IS THE FUNNIEST.
- SISTERS PROTECT THEIR SIBLINGS FROM FEELING BLUE. Go give your sister a hug literally right now — she deserves it. A study from Brigham Young University finds having a sister, even if she’s younger than you, protects you from feelings of loneliness, guilt, fear and self-consciousness, especially if you’re a young teen.
- Firstborns are generally smarter than the younger siblings, having on average, a three-point IQ advantage over the second sibling.