We are in the age where teenagers get to babysit their siblings after summer classes. Both your parents are likely to go to work, while you remain home with your siblings. You get to spend 5 -6 hours alone with them, catering for them and seeing to their needs.
I know how tiring and annoying this can be, especially with siblings who always want the things your parents have asked you not to take or use. On the other hand, babysitting or caring for your siblings can be a sense of responsibility for you, thereby preparing you for leadership positions in camp meetings, hostels or maybe higher institution.
Below are ways to handle your siblings when your parents are not around:
1. You must learn to understand each of your siblings
As a teenager, I stayed with siblings and younger cousins whenever we travelled to our hometown for the holidays. Then, there used to be about 5 children and I had to care for them whenever my grandma went to the market. I had to take my time to understand each one of them.
2. Be willing to sacrifice things
The teen age is not all about fun. Some of the characteristics you need to possess as a teenager include patience, ability to learn and listen to your parents; discipline, not to use the grace you’ve been given anyhow; and sacrifice, your time.
How do you handle the situation in which your siblings want to eat noodles and you want to do your assignment at the same time? The problem is not how to cook the noodles, but how you will be able to complete your assignment when you spend an hour for your siblings.
You have to pay a sacrifice for that noodle cooking if you must handle your siblings in the best way.
3. Be alert always
Alert can mean being on guard. You must be alert to notice changes at home and on your siblings.
Take for example, you have an electronic stove in the kitchen. You fried plantain and egg a few minutes before the electricity supply went out. 5 hours later, there was electricity supply and you are not sure if you put off the electronic stove or not.
You were too tired to go to into the kitchen to check if the stove is on or off. This is where alertness comes in, you can either sit and assume you put off the stove, only to see that the stove had burnt the plastic handle of the knife you placed on the stove or go and check, switch off everything and stay safe.
4. Pay attention to your siblings
Being alert in not the same as paying attention to your siblings. Alertness is knowing that your 6-year old brother who is asthmatic is suffering from an allergy. It is also knowing that your troublesome sibling has been gentle and does not have the appetite to eat and you suspect that he is feeling sick.
Paying attention is all about knowing, seeing and observing. It works hand in hand with alertness. You pay attention to your siblings’ friends, those you can trust them with and the kind of relationship they build with your neighbor.
5. Keep dangerous gadget away from them
6. Learn to call for help when it is necessary
You can call your parents’ phone number, office number, or grandma’s number.
7. Never leave a crawling child close to an electronic appliance
8. Learn to settle a dispute among your siblings, without being impartial
9. Learn to show them love and teach them to love one another
10. Be a good example to your siblings
If you want them to pray you must also learn to pray.
Caring for your younger ones can be sometimes very difficult. You have to act like your parents. If you want them to be happy and smile till your parents return from their work, you must learn to act like an adult would care for you and your siblings.
I hope this helps?
What would you do if you find your siblings bullying your neighbor’s 5-year old son?
What will you do and how will you handle it?
How do you handle health emergency in case your sibling is running temperature, vomiting or under an asthmatic attack?
Do you just stare at them or do something really fast?
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