1. As the Older Sibling, You’re Expected to be More Responsible
Since you’re older, you’re expected to know better and be more responsible than your younger siblings. It is your job to set a good example, which means your parents have most probably been harder on you than on the others. You are the designated babysitter and it’s in your unwritten job characteristics to take care of the younger ones for free.
2. You’ve Had to Hide All Your Stuff
It’s never easy to grow up as the oldest sibling in a family as you are often the first one to get certain things that your younger brothers and sisters will want to get their hands on. No matter if it’s your diary, your cell phone, or your computer, you must have learned the art of hiding your things so they don’t fall in the wrong, younger siblings’ hands.
3. You Were Jealous of Your Younger Siblings
Jealousy — we’ve all felt it even if it wasn’t for siblings-related reasons. When you were born, all the attention was on you until your younger sibling came along and stole the spotlight. So, it’s perfectly okay if you, like many others, felt a bit jealous of your brothers and sisters for a few years when they were all your family could think about.
4. You Made Fun of Your Younger Brothers & Sisters
Lying to a toddler about ridiculous things and pranking them are some of the funniest things any older sibling can ever do. Toddlers and kids, in general, can easily believe almost anything you tell them, especially when it comes from their older brother or sister. Admit it — you’ve done it, too!
5. You Used Them as Your Personal Assistants
One of the biggest advantages of being the oldest is that, for a couple of years, you can easily use your younger siblings to be your little minions. They will do anything you tell them to, without even questioning it most of the time. They’ll pour you a glass of water, rub your shoulders, bring you things, agree to take the blame for something you did — you name it.