The Hilarious Truth of What It's Like to Grow Up With Siblings | 22 Words

Some of you don't have siblings, and it shows. Life with siblings, whether older or younger, can be incredibly frustrating but also entirely entertaining. Fighting over silly things, always blaming the youngest sibling, yelling about who gets to watch Saturday morning cartoons first--life is a battlefield if you grew up with siblings because there is never a dull moment.

Whether you are the oldest and took charge of every game ever played, or you are the middle child who felt like you always got looked over or maybe you're the prized youngest child who got away with almost anything, anyone and everyone who grew up with siblings has a long list of hilariously relatable stories.

From fighting over the remote to having each others' backs when trying to sneak out, there are so many ways that having siblings makes life more interesting. Whether you love them or hate them, it's true that growing up with siblings makes for some of the most hilarious stories.

Nothing is really fair.

If you grew up with siblings, there are two things that always happened: someone was either crying or someone was getting yelled at.

Maybe you grew up with only sisters.

Your life was filled with boy bands and screaming over who borrowed whose clothes. Now you can say you're much stronger and wiser because growing up with women has taught you so much.

Maybe you're the oldest.

You had the privilege of laughing at your younger siblings who always got stuck in slightly dangerous situations. But you always got in trouble for laughing at them. Was it worth it? Almost always.

Or you're the youngest.

If you are the youngest, you know what it feels like to just get tossed around, sometimes quite literally.

They are your best friend and your worst enemy.

Even if you fought a lot, growing up with siblings is still such an adventure and you always had someone to play with, even if it was your dorky younger sister.

But what is it really like behind closed doors?

Every family is different, but for those of us that grew up with siblings, we have some shared pain and joy. A Reddit thread invited everyone who has siblings to share what it's really like inside their house. These are all the lessons they learned.

Just stay out of it.

If one of your siblings is getting in trouble, just keep your mouth shut so you don't get sucked in.

You could be guilty by association!

Plead the fifth and just remain silent! Sometimes staying quiet will get you in the least amount of trouble.

Know who to blame.

That my brother did it.

Never admit to your wrongs!

Always blame the youngest sibling. They are the easiest ones to point the finger at.

Sharing is caring, whether you like it or not.

Sharing is not just for when your friends come over. It is all the time. Every day. Of every minute.

Nothing is yours when you have siblings.

If you got a new toy, you better believe your siblings get to play with it too. Nothing is ever really yours.

Trying to get your crying sibling to be quiet.

It’s all fun and games till you hurt your sibling. Then you have to convince them that they are fine and suggesting to them that they can hit you back but just don’t tell mom.

Have you ever tried to quiet a crying sibling?

There's nothing like the fear of getting caught hurting your sibling because they are crying too loud. You can go from full on wrestling to shushing your sibling out of panic so fast.

Marking your territory.

If you don't want your older brothers to eat the food you've saved for later ensure that they witness you licking the food all over before putting it in the fridge.

That's a guarantee way to secure your snacks.

Some siblings will go to extreme lengths to protect their food and if it means licking everything that's yours to make sure others don't eat it, then that's what they'll do.

When rules don't apply.

That it is a lawless world where it doesn't matter whose turn it is on the Xbox. 

There will always be a fight for the controller.

It wasn't the fighting in the video games parents should be concerned about, it should be the fighting over the controller. Those are some of the most violent times with siblings.

The communal closets.

Hand-me-down clothing is often a practical necessity in multi-sibling households. 

You didn't really have a choice.

Hand me downs were just the circle of life. When you're the youngest, it's usually not the most glamorous life, but you didn't really have a choice. Even if they didn't fit, you still had to wear them. It's just the way life goes.

Take what's yours.

When you're getting food in the middle of a show, carry the TV remote with you. 

You can't turn your back for a second!

It's a rookie mistake to leave the remote in wide open spaces because it's fair game for anyone. Whoever has the remote has all the control so if you let go of it for one second, you've been knocked off the throne.

Tips for survival.

Eat it now or it won't be there when you want it later. -hangry_potato

Eat or be eaten.

It's survival of the fastest when it comes to food. If you don't eat it now, you will never see that food again, especially if you have a lot of siblings.

Being a secret fashionista.

The art of borrowing clothes and avoiding the sibling all day at the school until you can get home. -bossbarbie

I was the master of this one.

Having an older sister with great fashion, I totally know what it's like to be super sneaky when it comes to borrowing clothes. The worst was when you got your sibling's clothes dirty. That was a guaranteed way to cause an argument that would, you guessed it, end in tears.

Coming together for the greater good.

Negotiation. Nothing like rallying your siblings to your side when you have a common enemy (normally mom) and then negotiating the distribution of the result of your efforts.

You always have to have backup.

Having siblings agree on something is rare, so take advantage of it when it happens. It's amazing what can be accomplished when you rally together for a good cause, like having pizza for dinner.

Being the only one who can pick on your siblings.

It's pretty cliche, but how much fun it can be to pick on your siblings while wanting to kill anyone else who does it. -RIPGeorgeHarrison

No one messes with family!

Only siblings can pick on each other. If anyone else does, it's game over. No one is allowed to talk about my siblings but me!

Not all is fair in love and war.

The youngest child will never be punished the same way you were when you were their age, even if they're in the same kind of trouble.

If you're the youngest, you get how great this can be.

There aren't a lot of perks to being the youngest, but this is definitely one of them. I'm the youngest and I can say, I lived a pretty sweet life and my older siblings will say it's not fair, but I didn't make the rules!

Losing your identity.

Your parents can look right at you and call you someone else’s name and expect you to respond.  -Honey_Addict

Don't take it personally.

If you've got a lot of siblings, you know what it's like to be called every other name but your own. Even parents can get their kids confused. You learn to just respond, even if it's the wrong name. If you're a twin, that's basically the story of your life.

The living room is the wrestling arena.

When the WWE says don't try these moves at home they don't actually mean it. 

It seemed like a really good idea!

All these moves were at least worth a try. If you put enough pillows on the ground, no one would get hurt, right?

Being the best partner in crime.

How to act completely ignorant of what happened. "Where was your sister?" Mom asks. I say, "I don't know, I was asleep in my room the whole night." In reality, I was awake playing video games with a walkie talkie keeping tabs on her the whole time and letting her know when I hear anything downstairs and I told her to come home when I heard our mom go to the bathroom, so she'd be in the yard when mom went looking. 

Partners in crime for life!

If you have their back, then they'll have your back. Siblings can be the best back-up ever.

So, what did we learn?

Siblings are the worst. They make you cry and blame you for things you didn't do. But they are also the best. They make you laugh more than anyone and they always have your back.

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