If you’ve grown up alongside a sister, you might not always have been 100% grateful for her.
Arguments, fights, shouting, and—for those with an older sister—the unsolicited ‘advice’ might have played a role in that.
Even if it’s not always nice to have a sister with whom to grow up, we can realize that a sibling can make you a good person.
Research from Brigham Young University (BYU) finds growing up alongside a brother or sister encouraged kids to do good deeds, be kind, and help others.
The evidence revealed that having a sister lead to even more of these good behaviors, irrespective of your age differences.
Evidence for the advantages
“Having a sister protected adolescents from feeling lonely, unloved, guilty, self-conscious and fearful. It didn’t matter whether the sister was younger or older, or how far apart the siblings were age wise,” findings revealed.
The researchers studied almost 400 parents who had two or more kids, one between ten to fourteen years of age. The study then checked in with the families a year down the line to see if the results held true.
Teens with sisters had definite advantages.
One possible reason sisters may aid our growth is because they talk and interact to a greater extent than males. This is useful if we want to discuss our problems.
The research also offers guidance to mothers and fathers to encourage children to show affection for each other.
Advantage of protection
BYU Professor Padilla-Walker, who led the study, said: “Once they get to adolescence, it’s going to be a big protective factor.”
She explained that it is normal for your children to quarrel because they can practice emotional management and eventually reconcile.
She says, “An absence of affection seems to be a bigger problem than high levels of conflict.”