Family is first, family is all, family is everything.
As a child, a family is the first type of relationship you will get into; its effects and impacts – the good, bad, and ugly will last for a very long time if not forever.
A basic relationship of the family is the siblings relationship. Siblings relationship is more than eating together or spontaneous wrestling matches over the TV remote.
Siblings form a child’s first peer group. Social skills are learnt, particularly conflict management.
Siblings- your only enemies you can’t live without.
Isn’t it an irony that they could be your enemies ? Lol, I am sure you can relate with the countless pledges you made to mar that bond. But alas, you find yourself crawling back.
Bonds with siblings transcends time, space and distance.
It is only logical that siblings bond should be held high.
Here are a few reasons you should create bonds with siblings;
1. Enhances the level of your mental health
American journal states that the level of siblings relationship is one of the most important factors that predict level of mental health in old age.
It has been discovered that people who are emotionally close to their siblings, do greatly in all other relationships and lower rates of depression. Siblings intuitively understand one another.
For many people, a sibling is their first friend and in some cases, their best friend.
2. Helps you understand the responsibilities of love
Siblings will go through the storm, bend through fire, or stand with their shoulders high, however the case may be. Having a sibling helps to take you through loving unconditionally.
This bond helps you to understand the true responsibilities of love maybe not with words but actions.
I may fight with my siblings. But, once you lay a finger on them, you”ll
be facing me.
3. Reduce Insecurity
You majorly have to share your parents love with your siblings, infact almost everything, it is rare for insecurity to slide in.
4. It teaches you sympathy and selflessness
In life, sympathy and selflessness is a great balm to every heart.
Siblings bond teach you these virtues unconciously; moments when you stand up for them, give up your belongings, speak for them, or cry with them in pain.
5. A support system
It is quite evident how siblings will have each other’s back.
When siblings endure physical or emotional abuse at the hands of their parents, they often form a trauma bond. They find comfort in one another, they rely on one another for survival, for confiding in, and for peace.
Siblings are supportive especially later in life.
6. Helps you communicate better
People with siblings have negotiated a lot in their younger days. They have formed a great strength of communication loop by watching and listening to their siblings. Siblings bond teach us how to conduct friendships, and how to resolve conflicts.
A sibling is the lens through which you see your childhood – Ann Hood
A true bond with siblings is always worth it. You are loyal to the end, however the case turns out. It improves your level of intimacy, helps you get over issues amongst others.
Growing up with a sibling can have an impact on our mental and physical health. It can, in fact, shape who we become later in life.
Your siblings are the only people in the world who know what it’s like to have been brought up the way you were.
Through the good, the bad and the ugly, siblings are there with us through it all. They have proved to be a forever emotional support, a rare friendship and a stand up comedy point.
Siblings- the definition that comprises love, strife, competition and forever friends.
Do you deliberately try to form a bond with your siblings? How are you working towards making this possible or improving the bond you already share?