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7 Things You’ll Only Understand If You Grew Up with Brothers and Sisters

Happy National Sibling Day everyone! This day is held on the 10th of April every year, and acts as a celebration of the everlasting bond between brothers and sisters all over the world. Alas, it’s not yet considered a national holiday, meaning you’ll have to go to work just like any other day, but that’s not to say you shouldn’t reach out to siblings far and wide in the spirit of the day.

Sibling relationships are integral to social development, acting as a child’s first peer group, and teaching them key social skills such as conflict management and negotiation. They are protectors, tormentors, playmates, foes, counsellors and influencers all rolled into one, and above all, they are the only other people that can understand the complex dynamics of your family. You are surrounded by brothers and sisters from a young age, and they are likely to be the longest relationship that people will experience.

Below, we’ve made a list of just some of the things you can only understand if you’ve grown up with siblings, along with a few facts about the sibling relationship. While not every point is applicable to everyone, we’re sure a fair few of these will resonate with those that had the pleasure of growing up with brothers and sisters.

You know you’ve grown up with siblings when…

  • You get told you look like brothers and sisters regularly, and yet you still don’t quite know whether to act insulted or say ‘I don’t really see it’, despite the fact that you definitely do see it.
  • You don’t always agree on music taste and film preferences, but when you do it’s  a special moment.
  • You still find sharing with your sibling hard, but you’re so used to it after years of experience, you choose to live with it and focus your attention elsewhere.
  • You find yourself less phased by mess in your adult life because your childhood was always full of it.
  • You could move to another country and you’d probably still be known best as being so and so’s brother or sister.
  • Sometimes you find yourself clutching onto the remote control with a crippling anxiety that someone may remove it by force and change the channel, despite the fact you live alone.
  • It’s difficult to approach a vehicle with a group of people without shouting ‘shotgun’ for the front seat.

Sibling Facts

  • People tend to form relationships with partners who are of the same birth order as them. So, if you are the youngest child, you are more likely to marry a fellow youngest child from another family.
  • On average, older siblings have higher IQ’s than their younger brothers and sisters.
  • Children also tend to spend more time with their siblings than with parents, teachers, friends or even alone!
  • Younger siblings fight, it’s only natural! A study has found that siblings aged between 3 and 7 are involved in fights 3 and a half times an hour on average.
  • A study on 390 families in the Netherlands found that the youngest sibling is more likely to be aggressive and rebellious in comparison to the older counterparts.
  • Rightly or wrongly, researchers at the University of California have found that 65% of mothers and 70% of fathers prefer one sibling over the other.

It goes without saying that the bond established between siblings through childhood and into adult life is everlasting, and not something that should be taken for granted. There are various ways you can signify such an important relationship, with one of these being with a holding hands cast. Take the moulds together at our studios, with the real victory being completing the task without arguing! We’ll then create your special sculpture in a finish of your choice, which includes bronze and aluminium resin, glass and real bronze amongst other materials. The finished cast can then be proudly displayed in the family home. Your holding hands cast can also be miniaturised and made into charms and cufflinks in a range of precious metals, which would make a truly special gift for that brother or sister you just can’t imagine not having in your life.

a glass hand cast

So, whether this is perfect for your own brothers and sisters, or you have young children that may need reminding of how special their relationship is every once in a while, order a holding hands cast today! If you have any further questions or would like to know more about other services we offer, please don’t hesitate to contact us today, where a member of our passionate team would be happy to assist.