Big sis, little sis
While cooking dinner last night for my sister, I decided to write this week's blog about siblings.
As the eldest of two sisters, I consider myself to be in a lucky position: A study which came out last year suggested that two daughters is the best combination of offspring for a happy, harmonious family life.
According to the study, two sisters are more likely to play together nicely, help around the home and are less likely to argue.
I must say I'm feeling very smug about this research! But I'm not surprised - I love having a little sister. (Siobhan is actually 23 but will always be 'little' to me!) We meet up at least once a week, gossip together, share clothes and I can't remember the last time we fell out.
Here's a picture of me and Siobhan when we were little and our parents liked to dress us in matching outfits:
So hooray for sister power! But we shouldn't feel too sorry for boys, because the same study suggested that four sisters is the most 'difficult' combination of siblings.
Another interesting question is whether people's personality traits relate to their birth order.
There are the old stereotypes that dictate that the middle child is the 'problem child', the eldest is a bossy boots and the youngest is a tearaway.
In my family, I'm known as a bit of worrier, which could be attributed to my being the eldest sibling. Little sis Siobhan is very fun loving and was a bit more rebellious growing up, which is what you might expect of a younger sister!
Of course she also had to put up with me bossing her around, as well as that great pitfall of being the youngest child - all the hand-me-downs from elder siblings!
A harmonious combination? Me and my sister Siobhan in more recent times.
Do you have any siblings? What was it like growing up with them? Are you a 'bossy boots' eldest son or daughter or a 'tearaway' youngest child? Or do you think these stereotypes are just not true?
I'd love to hear back from you
Michelle (eldest of two)
Siblings - collective term for brothers and sisters.
Offspring - a more formal word for 'children'.
Harmonious - adjective describing things that work well together. A good, pleasing combination.
Stereotypes - a conventional, often oversimplified opinion about things.
Bossy boots - a colloquial, rather childish term referring to someone who is always telling others what to do.
Tearaway - someone who is rebellious or badly behaved. Normally used in reference to teenagers and young people.
Rebellious - resisting control or 'refusing to play by the rules'.
Pitfall - trap, a hidden hazard.
Hand-me-downs - Second hand clothes handed down after having been used (normally by an elder sibling).