o matter who you are or where you come from, family life is usually complicated. Be it big or small, happy or contentious, keeping a family functioning smoothly and happily is no easy feat. It also doesn't help that living in close quarters, day after day, with the people we love tends to bring out our grouchier sides.
Thankfully, we have love, affection, and loyalty to fill in all the rough patches and keep our bonds strong.
This is especially true when it comes to the ridiculously complicated relationships between siblings. They're the "friends" we can't help loving and hating — all at the same time. No one is a better example of this than two sisters who are currently trending on social media for their "frenemy" text exchange.
It's a fact that no two families are exactly the same.
Families come in all shapes and sizes, so just when you think you’ve met every type there is, a new one usually comes along to surprise you. From single parents to couples who’ve been together since high school, the dynamics vary greatly, as does the amount of children running through the house.
But most families do have one thing in common.
There are definitely exceptions, but for the most part, what often knits a family unit together is love. It’s hard to put that particular bond into words, but it’s there, and we cherish it. Each member has a place in our hearts, and we do anything we can to help keep them safe and happy. They’re our crew.
But that doesn't mean it's always easy.
To put it mildly, family life can be a bit challenging. Something about seeing the same people, day in and day out, tends to bring out the crankiness in even the most patient people. It also doesn’t help that we often live together, and as is the case for a lot of siblings, even share a bedroom.
There's the classic struggle for parents.
The struggle to stay sane is all too real for parents sharing a home with their offspring. Living in a box while little people follow you around asking for things is a true test of patience, and a great opportunity to refine that skill. But in the end, it’s worth it — because there’s nothing like family bonds.
And then there's sibling rivalry.
Directly related to the parenting struggle is the tension that often springs up between brothers and sisters. And it’s no wonder. There’s no one easier to fight with than the sibling who’s always there, eating with you, sharing the TV, and determined to get the best seat in the car. Competition is the name of the game, and it’s one that gets played out, over and over.