Call your sister! Text your brother! It’s Siblings Day and of course we had to celebrate!
I (Lilly), don’t actually have any siblings! #OnlyChild. I, have, however taken it upon myself to ‘claim’ other people as my siblings.
So, here’s my shoutout to my TaVaCi sister, Megan (upper right), my school little sisters, Raelyn and Reese (upper left), my radio big sister, Cierra (bottom right), and my apartment big sister, Breah (bottom left). Love you all!
Hannah, however, has actual siblings!
She has 3 actually! from left to right, younger brother Owen, Hannah, little sister Brynn, and youngest brother, Isaac!
On the show today, we shared with you some fun facts and some of the psychology behind having siblings!
You spend more time with your siblings than 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. In fact, even after they grow up and get busy with their lives, they spend about 11 hours a week with each other, and the duration escalates to 17 hours if the siblings are part of a big family.
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.
Siblings help you have better interpersonal skills
Younger siblings look up to their older brothers and sisters, thereby learning how to cope with difficult situations later in their lives. On the other hand, being a role model to their younger brothers and sisters help the older sibling develop proper nurturing and compassionate skills that the latter wouldn’t otherwise posses.
Younger siblings have a tendency to be more rebellious and extroverted
A study on 390 families conducted by the Leiden University in the Netherlands found that younger siblings were much more aggressive and rebellious as opposed to their older siblings. Younger siblings often feel the need to speak up for themselves and stand up to their older siblings in order to receive attention from their parents, thereby contributing to their extroverted and rebellious nature.
I’m an ‘only child’ so that’s my label. But, there’s a few more. Where you lay on this spectrum can determine parts of your personality! You know what I’m talking about, right? Oldest, middle, youngest of course!
firstborns are “dethroned” by a second child, which permanently affects the firstborn’s personality. Additionally, younger and older children may be spoiled and pampered, which also permanently affects their later personalities.
Some researchers say that the apparent disadvantages middle children endure can help them be more empathetic, independent, and articulate
Famous firstborns include Zac Efron, Beyoncé Knowles, Dakota Fanning, Harrison Ford, Matthew Parry, Jennifer Aniston, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Chuck Norris, Sylvester Stallone, Reese Witherspoon, and Ben Affleck.
Famous youngest siblings include Prince Harry, Blake Lively, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Martin Short, Ellen DeGeneres, Whoopi Goldberg, Jay Leno, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Jon Stewart, Billy Crystal, Danny DeVito, Drew Carey, Jim Carey, Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, John Candy, and Charlie Chaplin
Generally, firstborns or only children are conscientious, well-organized, serious, goal-oriented, achieving, people pleasers, and believers in authority. Other traits include perfectionistic, reliable, and self-reliant
Last-borns or only children who marry other last-borns make the best match. The next most successful marriage pairing are middle children and last-borns
Because firstborns tend to be perfectionists, they may be afraid of making mistakes and resist taking action. They may also have trouble admitting when they’re wrong
Parents subconsciously identify with the child who holds the spot in the family they occupied themselves. A lastborn dad may think his youngest child’s antics are cute while a firstborn mom sees them as irresponsible.
Thanks for listening!
– Lilly and Hannah
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