Getting Along with Brothers and Sisters

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As much as we love of our brothers and sisters sometimes we just don’t get a long. May be your older sister is hogging the bathroom or your brother won’t let you watch your favorite T.V. show. When you’re feeling jealous or frustrated its important not to loose your cool.

Below are a few tips for getting along better with your siblings:

Take an Interest in Their Hobbies

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Getting dragged to the arena to watch your sister play hockey or spending hours at your brother’s music rehearsals can be a pain, but sitting back and enjoying what your sibling loves to do can help you build a closer relationship.

Remember Your Own Talents

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May be your younger sister won first place in her swim meet, but it’s important to avoid jealousy and remember the things you’re proud of.  Think about your special talents before wishing you had someone else’s.

Think About the Positive Impact They’ve Made on your Life

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When angry with one of your siblings take a minute to think of all the incredible things they’ve done for you. Remember when you’re sister helped you pass your math test? Or that time your older brother stood up for against the bullies? Thinking about the positive impact they’ve had on your life will make you forget about whatever you were fighting over.

Work as a Team

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If you’ve been paired with the unfortunate task of cleaning the kitchen or folding the laundry split the work evenly and work together to get it done faster. Don’t fight over who’s doing more work and you’ll save a lot of time.

Think of Them as Your Future Best Friend

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It can be pretty hard to believe now but one day your brother or sister could be your best friend. A lot of siblings fight and compete when they’re younger but grow up to be inseparable.

Are you really close with your brothers and sisters? What tips do you have for getting along? Let us know in the comments below.

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