10 Too-Real Struggles of Being an Older Sister in a Latinx Household
My life was all set until my little brother came along. All of a sudden, everything revolved around this little human. It's not like my parents gave my 3-year-old self a choice, but I had to deal with it anyway. Now over two decades later, it still hasn't ended. When you are an older sister in a Latinx household, the struggle is real because it's not about you anymore, it's about you and your sibling. No matter where you go or what you are doing, you better know what the younger one is up to. Keep scrolling to see what scenarios will ring true.
If you have a little brother . . .
He will always be the prince of your house and will come before you, even if your parents won't admit it.
You and your younger sibling are one.
Your parents expect you to take them everywhere with you. In their heads, this includes parties, sleepovers, and everything in between.
Don't even think about setting them straight.
You can't reprimand them because then you will get in trouble — every time!
Tutor is your new name, and studying is your game.
It doesn't matter if you have something to do; if your little brother/sister needs help with their homework, you have to do it. Remember to resist the urge to smack them upside the head when they ask you the same thing over and over again.
You have to set an example.
You are no longer allowed to do bad things because your sibling looks up to you, so you can't act out.
Mom isn't your name, even if you act like it sometimes.
It's best to fight the urge of treating them like children, because at the end of the day, they aren't, but you always watch them as if they were. Confused? Welcome to the club.
They get away with everything.
You got a chancla for things that your younger siblings get called cute for.
It's always your fault.
When they scream bloody murder, your parents ask what you did to them before imagining that they did something to you.
You are making food for two now.
No, you aren't pregnant, but remember that part about you and your sibling being one? Well, that counts when you make something to eat. Don't even think about cooking if you aren't going to make enough for the two of you.
A thank you is never coming.
You will never get thanked for anything because it's your duty since you are the older sibling.