14 Reasons It’s Great For Guys To Grow Up With A Sister

Growing up, I was told that I was a bit of a shit. When I was a baby, I used to pull my sister’s hair and generally act in an aggressive and volatile manner. Obviously I mellowed out, otherwise I’d probably be in jail. But I was definitely most testing as a brother when I was an infant.

As you grow up however, you begin to see the merits of the situation. And though you may not realise at the time, there are a number of reasons that having a bigger sister is awesome. So here, for your enjoyment, are 13 of these such reasons.


1. You can blame things on her

This may not seem obvious, but if you never capitalised on this opportunity you made a grave mistake. Learning the difference between right and wrong is something which comes with age, therefore deliberately doing bad things is the forte of the older sibling. So not only did she do it, but she also knew it was wrong. It’s terrible, mum – I know. And in case the dreaded finger of blame comes looking in your direction, just remind them that you’re the sweet and innocent one.

14 Reasons Its Great For Guys To Grow Up With A Sister


2. She provides a unique insight into the world of parents

As a kid, parents can be a difficult bunch to understand. Their conversations are cryptic, they worry about things which don’t matter and they spend all their time at work doing stuff that you don’t understand. That’s why it’s great to have an older sister who can act as an intermediary and explain these strange concepts in simple terms.

14 Reasons Its Great For Guys To Grow Up With A Sister


3. You learn that girls aren’t as prissy as you might have thought

Without having a sister, you might not have understood that girls are also human. Television portrays women as preened and perfect beings which rarely have a hair out of place. Living with a sister you know how many of those hairs are out of place – because they’re all over the shower, in the lounge and have even made their way into your bedroom. Girls too make mess. A lot of it.

14 Reasons Its Great For Guys To Grow Up With A Sister


4. She teaches you things about girls that you didn’t know

While boys aren’t fans of talking about periods or tampons, having a big sister does mean that you learn about these things by osmosis…so to speak. And where other guys inevitably become freaked out by these things at some point in their lives, to you it’s old news. Not only will she teach you about tampons and feelings, but you will also know what those “things” are that girls leave around the house.

14 Reasons Its Great For Guys To Grow Up With A Sister


5. She’s more fun than Mum and Dad

As a fellow kid, she probably has the same lust for life, slugs and exploration that you do and is far more likely to be up for running around, climbing trees and kicking a ball about. If Dad did all of that in one day he’d probably have a heart attack.

14 Reasons Its Great For Guys To Grow Up With A Sister


6. You learn what to do with a hysterically-crying girl

When disaster strikes, don’t expect your big sister to hold back on the water works. More often than not, this may be due to something you’ve done so calming her down is a necessary task. While this is a skill which other guys may have to learn later in life, yet again you’re one step ahead.

14 Reasons Its Great For Guys To Grow Up With A Sister


7. She can dispel any myths about “big school”

You’ve heard that the detentions can last until midnight and that bullies use bunsen burners. So who do you turn to in order to have things confirmed or denied? Mum will just say “of course not – everything will be fine”. But this is exactly what she said to the question “will the injection hurt?” She cannot be trusted. What about dad? No – he’ll say it’s all true and then say that the teachers are secretly brain-eating monsters. So who else to turn to but your big sister?

14 Reasons Its Great For Guys To Grow Up With A Sister


8. She has pocket money which you can borrow or steal

As an older member of the household (relative only to you, of course) she will inevitably be given more pocket money. If you’re a nice brother you could ask to borrow it. If like me, you are bastard, you could steal it from that cool “puzzle box” she thinks you can’t open.

14 Reasons Its Great For Guys To Grow Up With A Sister


9. You can practise cool handshakes which you forget to ever use in public

You have an affinity with your sister which you don’t have with anyone else. It’s this which inexplicably drives to create a sibling handshake. You can accessorise your handshake by adding affirmations like “bro” or “sis”. Years later, you think it very lucky that you forgot to ever use it in public.

14 Reasons Its Great For Guys To Grow Up With A Sister


10. You can avoid disasters by learning from her mistakes

Fast forward a few years. Your big sister stayed out late and didn’t call. When she returns, it causes so much commotion that the whole house is awake. Mum is going mental and Dad is doing that thing where he’s just “very disappointed”. From this incident, you should probably realise that it’s a good idea to keep your mum’s number in your wallet and get in touch however you can. What you learn however, is to use the window rather than the front door.

14 Reasons Its Great For Guys To Grow Up With A Sister


11. She can teach you about cool music

Whether it’s borrowing her iPod, copying her music library or pinching some of her CDs, your big sister will teach you more about music than you will ever give her credit for. Unbeknownst to you, her music preferences have moulded yours and continue to inform your decisions today. Your big sister is the one who teaches you the power and divisiveness of the word “genre” and that the remix is always cooler than the original.

14 Reasons Its Great For Guys To Grow Up With A Sister


12. She has hot friends

Your older sister’s friends will always be some of the hottest women you come across in life. They make the girls in your year look like shit. It’s probably due to the blurred perception of youth and them being older, but none of the women you subsequently meet in life will ever match up to your sister’s fit friends.

14 Reasons Its Great For Guys To Grow Up With A Sister


13. She can get ahold of things you can’t

Whether it’s a video game, a movie, a CD or even alcohol, your sister can be quite useful when it comes to getting a hold of things your parents would rather you didn’t have. I fondly remember listening to the Marshall Mathers LP with my sister in her bedroom. These days, we’d need to sneak a pound of Columbian cocaine to recreate that level of tension.

14 Reasons Its Great For Guys To Grow Up With A Sister


14. She knows people

Whether you got on as kids or not, now you’re adults you can’t help but keep asking the question “do you know anyone who works in..?” Your sister’s contacts are destined to carve-out your entire career. Which kind of makes you feel bad about stealing her pocket money all those years ago.

14 Reasons Its Great For Guys To Grow Up With A Sister

As you can see, having an older sister can be awesome. Whats more, if you’re the youngest sibling, you’re also officially the funniest.