20 Things That People With Siblings Will Feel Deep Down To Their Core

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If you're an only child, you've probably wondered at one time or another what it's like to grow up with siblings.

Speaking as someone who grew up with an older sister, I can tell you this: there's no way to adequately describe the experience. It's kind of one of those "if you know, you know" situations.

Growing up with a sibling isn't always smooth. In fact, it can be downright infuriating at times. For anyone with a brother or sister, these tweets ought to resonate at least a little bit.

No one wants to back down.

This isn't necessarily a sibling dynamic so much as a family dynamic: no one wants to fight anymore, but no one wants to apologize, either. This leads to the kind of stalemate that can only be broken up by someone getting hungry.

Yeah, about those sibling fights...

This tweet suggests a bit of a theme when it comes to sibling fights. It takes a certain amount of maturity to apologize, and it's really hard to summon that maturity when your sibling has been pestering you all day long.

It was just a bite.

This is kind of an alien experience to me, but that's probably because I learned from an early age that my sibling definitely didn't want to share with her little brother. Sometimes it's best to know when to back away.

Does anyone else miss those days?

I mean, we have the option to watch on-demand, commercial-free TV in 4K at the push of a button. That might sound hard to beat, but there's really nothing like the adrenaline rush of trying to catch your favorite show as it airs.

There's a pattern here.

When parents have their first kid, they're so overwhelmed by what they've made that they might be inclined to handle things with kid gloves. But by kid number two or three, it's hard to summon the effort that was once there.

"Stop hitting yourself."

If Saw-style psychological horror traps ever become a real thing (I mean, let's hope they don't), siblings will have an inherent advantage. They've already been dealing with an evil force in their lives, trying to break their brain, for years and years.

Don't skimp on chores.

Anyone remember what it was like to be a kid doing chores? It's almost like siblings compete with each other to do the poorest possible job they can, while still being able to plausibly claim that they completed the task assigned to them.

I guess?

Yeah, no one wants to be betrayed by a sibling. But at the same time, it isn't usually until siblings are well on their way to adulthood that they're fully able to view each other as allies instead of sworn enemies.

Sucks to be oldest.

You know how there are certain markets in which brands will test their items before rolling them out nationwide? Yeah, older siblings are kind of like test markets. Parents get to see what works and what doesn't on the oldest sibling, making things way easier for the younger siblings.

Always be skeptical.

Siblings can be simultaneously associated with some of our best memories and some of our worst memories. Are they calling you in to share a fun adventure, or do they just want someone to beat up? It could honestly go either way.

That's one way to look at it.

There's something about the dynamic of siblings left home alone, totally unsupervised, that can lead to the most apocalyptic fights imaginable. Then, because you're siblings at the end of the day, things just kind of cool off.

Good for him.

I don't know if this is "the most sibling thing ever" — I mean, nothing about this story makes it inherently a sibling thing — but it's a good story nonetheless. I wonder what finally broke the secret.

It's a fight for survival.

If you have the foresight to know that you'll be hungry soon, but you're not hungry yet, it might be a good idea to grab a snack. Like, if you don't do it now, your good-for-nothing sibling will probably get to it first.

This is how mature siblings communicate.

At a certain point, you're no longer living under the same roof. You have your own lives and can communicate with one another as adults. That may be the case, but these low-key text insults have no expiry date.

Taking it to another level.

I'm not going to act like I know anything about the 2010 Labour Party Election, but there was clearly a very close race between brothers Ed and David Miliband. I don't want them to get all the attention, though — don't sleep on Ed Balls, either.

Behind plenty of siblings, in any event.

There are groups of siblings in which everyone pulls their weight and has a career. But there does seem to be a bit of a trope in which at least one sibling in every group is a slacker who still lives with their parents.

Sometimes it's like that.

Are you ever trying to shine some light into the world and connect with your siblings, only to get a cold shoulder that causes you to slink back to your room, defeated? Yeah, me neither. Why even ask?

He's not wrong.

If there's anybody in your life who knows how to get under your skin and push your buttons, it's probably a sibling. It's possible to maintain a collected demeanor for years on end, only to completely lose it as soon as your sibling finds a way to troll you.

It never goes away.

So long as you have parents and siblings, there will always be those things that you really don't want your parents to know. Maybe it's self-preservation, maybe it's shielding them, but in any event, it must be kept secret.

Siblings are a trip.

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There are so many variables at play in any sibling dynamic. After looking through these tweets, which ones resonated with you the most? Share your sibling stories and your thoughts on these tweets in the comments.

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