The word “sibling” has many different meanings, depending on who you talk to. You can find siblings everywhere, whether they’re brothers or sisters, older or younger, or both.

People view their brother(s) and/or sister(s) differently. Some like to hang out with their siblings; others dread the thought, for they view their younger family member(s) as annoying. However, there really shouldn’t be any reason for this line of thinking. When you really think about it, most of the things that annoy people about their siblings are just things that children (or, teenagers) do.

It can be extremely(seemingly impossible) to get along with your kin. They seem to get on your nerves a lot. But, also, you get on theirs; it seems like a never ending battle. However, there can be an end to the fighting. Granted, you may be the one that “waves the white flag”, so to speak. But it can be done. You could try such suggestions as follows:

1) Start by talking with your sibling(s). Getting to know them better could very well be the first step to a good friendship, as well as a better relationship overall.

2) Try acting kinder. Matthew 7:12 states: “All things, therefore, that you want men to do to you, you also must likewise do to them.” That statement includes your siblings. It’s not always the easiest thing to act with kindness, especially toward the people you view as “little monsters”.? But by giving it a try, you may find that one act to be beneficial in the long run.

If you’re an older sibling, like I am, you may find it easy to boss your younger kin around. It may give you a sense of power, but it gives your brother(s) and/or sister(s) a reason to hate you. You may not like them a lot, but do you really want any of your family hating you?

Breaking the barriers separating you and your siblings may not be easy, but it is a necessity. Learning how to interact with your younger family members can help you to interact with others as well.

There are some days when you can’t live with your siblings, and others when you can’t live without them. They’re going to get on your nerves from time to time, and you’ll get on theirs as well. I believe that’s part of the deal. However, it doesn’t have to be all bad. If you follow the suggestions in this essay, your life, the lives of your parents, and the lives of your siblings will improve immensely.