4 Things You Can Thank Your Little Sister For

Here I am at 4 years old:

Obviously at my peak, I was moving WAY too fast with no intentions of settling down. My parents decided to intervene.

…with this.

Being an older sister (to a little sister) has been the best job in the whole wide world. Here are four things I can definitely thank my little sister for.

1. Patience.

Since the oldest is always supposed to give it up or focus on the youngest, I definitely learned to wait my turn and not take it personally when last goes first.

2. Sharing.

Because every. SINGLE. time. I come home from college I find MY clothes on HER floor. And she doesn’t seem apologetic in the slightest.

3. Success.

My little sister forced me to be the best role model I could be. I never want to let her down! Livi is one of the main reasons I’m chasing my dreams; I want her to see me do well and feel inspired to reach her goals too!

4. Acceptance.

I once read a quote that said, “Be who you needed when you were younger.” I have to practice self acceptance and self love so I can show that to my sister. Don’t get me wrong – somedays, that’s really hard. I don’t want to put her inside this bubble where she doesn’t see me sad or upset, but I don’t want her to think its good to be so down on yourself, either. I needed someone to show me what it means to love yourself when I was younger so I hope she learns to love herself and her body from me.

I would be lying if I said being an older sister is easy. But its the coolest thing in the whole world to watch someone grow up from day 1. When she was born, I was excited to have someone who was exactly like me – and man, was I so wrong about that idea! She is the EXACT opposite. But that’s okay. She’s 400x more athletic than I am, more relaxed, funnier, and prettier. As an eighth grader she should feel lucky that she’s got it so easy since in middle school I wore velcro shoes, red glasses, had the biggest two front teeth in the damn universe and my go to outfit piece was gaucho capris…anybody else?? No? Just me? I hope she never forgets how proud I am to be her big sister and also how much pressure it is to be her ONLY sibling. I’ve got a lot to learn about this crazy world, but she’s the best teacher.

P.S. Liv, if you’re reading this: play in the L4, please. You and I both know you can do it.

Are you an older sister to a girl, too? What has she taught you?

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  • Faith

    I love this post! I have a little sister myself and can relate!

  • I love this post Savannah! Im also an older sister to a girl too! We fought a lot when we were younger but now we’re actually best friends! 🙂 And the sharing part is so relatable haha

  • OnceUponADollhouse

    What a beautiful post. Thank You for sharing. XO

  • As a little sister, I can say for certain we have a lot to thank our big sisters for, too. My sister and I may not always get along but we’d move heaven and earth for each other, and at the end of the day, that’s what counts <3

  • This is so darn precious! I have to write one for my little sister 🙂

  • This is such a sweet post and I definitely think being a big sister is a big responsibility. I have two little brothers but I don’t think they look up to me the same way a sister would. Of course we love each other but it is a really different relationship!

  • Allie Bigoness

    I’m an older sister as well! My little sister is three years younger than me, we didn’t always get a long because we are so different but now that we are older she is definitely my best friend. I think my younger sister taught me how to be caring and look out for the people you love. When we were very young she followed me everywhere and did what I did. Watching her grow up I always wanted to look out for her and make sure nothing bad ever happened.

  • Ashley

    Awe! This post is the sweetest! I’m an older sister to 3, two of them girls. I could definitely relate to this post as it so perfectly captures the relationship of sisters!

    xo Ashley

  • Hannah Madison

    I thought this article was the sweetest! I have three brothers and have always wanted a sister! 🙂


    Hannah from HMS Jewels

  • Aw, this is so sweet! Makes me wish I had a younger sister!

  • This is so sweet! I can relate to it so much. I love my little sister, and I’ve definitely tried to be a good role model and a listening ear to her ever since she was born. Being a big sister is honestly one of my favorite jobs ever.

  • This is so sweet! I am the little sister in my family, and I’m sure my sister would agree with all of these statements- particularly #1! I was always following her around and asking questions while we were growing up!