You may not like her at times, but you'll always love her.
From the day you were told you were going to be a big sister, you knew your life would change. At first it was all about a cute baby you got to play with. Then it became about the matching outfits and hair, and having to share your toys.
As she got older, you realized that just because she was your little sister didn't mean it was going to be like having another you. This made you wonder, Why on earth was I ever excited about having a little sister?
So here's a reminder about why you should be thankful for having a little sister.
1. She's a great excuse for getting out of things you don't want to do.
Want to go somewhere but you're not sure your parents will let you? Offer to bring your little sister as a bonding experience. Parents love that. Is there somewhere you don't want to go but don't want to seem like a loser for not wanting to take part? Blame it on your little sister.
"Oh, I'd love to go with you guys to that horror movie but unfortunately, my parents are making me hang with my little sister tonight. Ugh." See? You get out of it and save your street cred. Win-win!
2. She doesn't sugarcoat any advice you ask for.
You have someone who will give you their honest opinion on your hair, clothes, just taste in style, and in men. It's free and available 24/7, and sometimes you don't even have to ask for it. She'll just share it with you out of the goodness of her heart.
3. You can blame anything on her.
Finally, it can be someone else's fault. Because really, who's more likely to be the one to cause the problems? You — the older and more mature one — or your younger and less mature sister?
4. You have an instant cuteness booster.
Of course, you don't think she's cute, but everyone else seems to think so. And if it makes people think you're more awesome because of it, well, who are you to correct them?
5. You can put all your sh*t in her closet.
Sure, it might "technically" be your sister's closet, but you get her out of plenty of trouble. The least she can do is let you hang all your cute dresses in her closet.
6. Awkward family gatherings aren't as bad.
Since she's younger than you, she knows all the extended family even less than you do. So now you will have someone to hang with instead of checking your phone 100 times to pretend you have a life.
7. You have someone to share your brilliant words of wisdom with.
She may not have asked for your opinion on clothing, friends, guys, movies, TV shows, music or anything else for that matter. But you're such a caring older sister and you can't help but pass on your wisdom to the future generation.
8. She's your teacher, even if you didn't realize it.
She taught you to be responsible, caring, loyal, loving, thoughtful and so much more. And all just by existing.
9. She's a free confidence booster.
Having her look up to you as a role model and hearing her friends refer to you as the "cool big sister" is definitely good for the self-esteem.
10. You get to practice what you'd be like as a mom.
Whether you have children in your future plans or not, being there to take care of your little sister has given you plenty of experience so you can see what you'll be like if you ever do choose to be a mother.
11. She's your number one fan.
You two might pick on each other, annoy each other, and even fight and yell at each other. But the next minute you'll be rolling on the floor laughing. And if anyone else ever tried to start up with you, she would be there to beat them up.
You guys are the only ones who can be mean to each other because you're family. You might try to kill each other, but at the end of the day that's really what being a sister is all about.