Living With A Younger Sibling

By Kyleen, age 16, Arizona
Sweet Designs Featured Writer

Ever had a younger sibling? Ever had to deal with the busy schedule of being a big sister or big brother? Being 16 with a one year old brother is tough work. There is a lot more to being an older sibling than meets the eye. Having a younger brother or sister who's a few years younger is different than having one 15 years younger. My little brother is like having my own child. But instead of having full responsibility for him, I get to play the role of big sister.

Playing with him and feeding him is fun. It gives me an insight on what it will be like when I am a parent in, like,10 years. I had always hoped for a younger sibling, but I never thought of a situation where I would be like a second mom to him. I always imagined having a brother where he would be rushing through my room, tearing through my stuff, and breaking into my diary. But I ended up getting so much more - much better opportunities with him. He is such an amazing kid. I am really thankful that we have the age separation that we do. It's very different having him so much younger than having him older. I will be out of my house and on my own by the time he goes into kindergarten. There are a few things that upset me about him being so much younger than me. I won't be in the house when he grows up. He will go through his first day at school without me in the house. I will still get to be the fun, cool, older sister, but I will miss out on growing up with him.

Other than my one year old brother I have other siblings. I have 14, 17, 19, and 22 year old brothers, and a 24 year old sister. Unfortunately, they all live in California. I was able to go through most of my own childhood with my older brother who is 22. He and I grew up for the most part in the same house with the same parents. He got to have me as an annoying sister, and now I get part of that with my younger brother. I just hope I grow as close to my one year old sibling as I did to my 22 year old brother.

For those of you who have brothers and sisters, I honestly understand growing up with them. Younger or older, it's hard. But so far I have had fun being the younger and the older one. My advice - try and put up with it, because once you get older you'll realize how lucky you were to have them in your life. I think you get more of an insight on being a sibling when you have such an age gap as I do. I am lucky to have my brothers and sister. I wouldn't trade them for anything! Siblings are blessings that I am thankful to have.

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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