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The world without siblings wouldn’t be the same. If you’re the oldest child in the family like me, you know the price you pay for ordering the little one around. And if you’re the smallest in the pack, well, you probably know it better than me, anyway.

So in some ways, having a frenemy for life is both a blessing and sometimes a curse, but honestly, more of a blessing. Like, who else would you annoy the heck out of, or who else would you join a secret alliance with to sneak out to your friends when you know very well that you’d both be in trouble? Or who would you still say "don’t tell mom" to when you turn 50?

Siblings are for life, and these painfully spot-on sibling tweets selected by Bored Panda are proof that this life has more colors, shouting, and constant "can you lend me a (insert smth you don’t wanna lend but can’t refuse)?" moments.

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To find out more about the complex dynamics of sibling relationships, Bored Panda reached out to Dr. Lise Deguire, a licensed psychologist and award-winning author of “Flashback Girl: Lessons on Resilience From a Burn Survivor.

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“When a child has a sibling, they learn from their earliest days that attention, love, and resources must be shared. Parents take care of both of them, so children have to learn to wait their turn, to share the cake, to take turns picking what to watch on TV.

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”Turns out that these early lessons are the ones that help kids understand two crucial things: that other people matter and that other people have needs. “Kids with siblings also learn, early on, that they can wait now and then get what they want,” said Dr. Lise and added that “Generally, these are good life lessons for children to have.”

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Or as one of my brothers would do “here hold this” and then walks away whilst leaving his rubbish for you to dispose of.

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Been there. Done that. Now I can go to the bathroom in the complete darkness and still be ok.

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However, sometimes, these lessons don't go so well. According to Dr. Lise, “if parents have clear favorites, or if one child gets a disproportionate share of attention, it can be very painful and lead to long-term feelings of being inadequate, inferior, or uncared for.”

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In order to avoid this, Dr. Lise recommends for families to have repeated bonding traditions that actively include all the children. For example, “Dinner time, holiday traditions, family vacations, game night.” The licensed psychologist explained that “all these are bonding opportunities to help kids feel a part of the family, hopefully in an equal way.”

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Or repeat a joke we just heard because we know the other one will laugh!

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Might get downvoted for this but I think this should specify younger sibling...

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

this is me and my brother when i'm in a zoom meeting, or doing homework, or drawing, or reading, or eating, or sleeping.......................

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I did the same with my dad's car when I was a teenager. I don't think he knows to this day...

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

and if you offered to share the pizza the sibling would probably stand still and let you slap them

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My dad's rule was "the one who is pouring or cutting doesnt get to pick the one they want" My brother was like an architect of cutting pizza.

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My brother does this. Instead of calling me by my name, he calls me 'sister'.

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is why a moderately harsh environment nurtures better individuals. How else would you come up (or research) sick burns if you're chummy with your siblings?

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Have to try silently exiting the room so you don't get blamed too, didn't always work though.

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My sister has yet to learn the art of sneaking, so I know whenever she sun my room.

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Got that with my sister. Me: Short, nearly black eyes, darker brown. Sister: Tall, obvious brown eyes, paler brown. Yep, not alike at all.

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

No, no you don’t. Something I have definitely experienced. Another one is my middle brother hiding around the corner with our universal remote sneakily changing the channels, volume or turning the tv off. Bloody rat bag.

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My brother does this, but believes he’s invisible in the game

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I pepper sprayed my asthmatic sister point blank in the face. I thought it was a toy gun.

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I do this all the time. I'm about to pop at the seams but I'll eat just so my siblings won't finish it.

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I tell the one being copied to just stay silent. The one who was copying will get bored in a few seconds.

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This but I'm trying to keep from killing my older sister.

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Sometimes I feel like my parents give 99% of their love to my 5 year old brother and the other 3 of us fight for the last one percent

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