Column: Annoyed…My (little) brother’s keeper?


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Younger sibling about to hit older sibling with the brush.

If you have younger siblings then this applies to you.

Don’t you hate it when you and your younger sibling are either fighting or arguing and they end up hitting you so hard  that it hurts you? Then, you end up hitting them back, but you hit them as softly as you could so it wouldn’t hurt them.

But the alarm built in their mouth keeps going off! I bet we’ve all tried to calm them down and say “shhh.” Or, maybe even just put our hands over their mouth just to make them cry a little less. Then mom – with her super listening ears – comes over to your sibling and looks at you, then back at your sibling. She is trying to confront them while they tell her a mouthful of lies about what you did. Then after she is done checking on your sibling, she comes to you and yells at you for putting your hands on your younger sibling.

I know all of us who have brothers or sisters protested by saying, “but he/she hit me first, and I didn’t even hit him/her that hard!” We still end up getting in trouble. Parents (almost) always end up believing your younger sibling if they get hurt.

If you would want to avoid this situation – avoid getting in trouble, just listen to what I’m about to tell you. If you get into it with your younger siblings and they start crying, just go to your parents before your younger sibling goes and tell them what happened. Explain your side of the story and explain why your siblings are crying . Another way you could avoid this situation is by not hitting them back in the first place. Instead, tell your parents that your sibling hit you. Most likely your sibling would get in trouble for that. If they don’t, that’s fine. At least YOU won’t get in trouble either.