Did You Help Raise Your Siblings?
April 21, 2008 11:20pm CST
I began babysitting my three younger siblings when I was eight years old. At that time, one sister was four and a half or five, my youngest sister was three, and my brother was one and still in diapers. My youngest sister was a handful at that age because she was very active and very determined to be in charge. When she was about four when we were at the Grand Canyon, she decided that she was going to lead the way down the path and kept saying that she was the "weader" because she couldn't pronounce leader yet. Anyway, I took care of them a lot because Mom and Dad were out at functions or out of town a lot and even though we had an adult stay with us when they were out of town, my siblings tended to turn toward me because they felt safer. It's funny, but we fought a lot as kids but we all get along now. I'd like to think that I had a little something to do with that.
22 Apr 08
I was already 8 years old when my sister was born, and we didn't have any nanny that time, so for the time being, I was asked to take care of my sister after my classes. At that time we would just leave sister in our neighbor's house and I will get her when I get home. It was tough - I was too young, and I wanted to go out and play with friends, but I have to take care of her. So, before, I didn't really like my sister. Now that we've both grown up, we are like best friends. Looking back, all those diapers changed and taking care of her made me a bit like a mom to her, and I am glad she appreciated it a lot.
22 Apr 08
your parents must be very proud of you. Though we sometimes look at it as chores, we realize later in life that it makes us responsible. The fact that your parents trusts you to take charge is something you can be proud of. Very few youngsters are doing that nowadays because they are more into computer games.