From the mouths of babes.

Advice from a 10 year old to a 3 year old about becoming an older sibling.

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I had a chance to overhear a charming exchange today where a 10-year-old, who is the younger of two siblings, was giving advice to an almost-3-year-old who will be an older sibling at the end of the year. The advice itself was as sweet as the earnest listening that took place. (Transcribed as it happened)

“I have some advice for you to help you be the best big sister.”


“Don’t call them any names. You might become frustrated at your younger sibling but never actually call them annoying.

If you don’t like some of the games that they like, if they want to play with you there’s something you can do: You can introduce to them the idea that some days they play your game and some days you play their game.

Also best step of all is especially if the younger sibling is being annoying, don’t make faces and turn and walk away.

Now you know all the good steps to be a good older sibling.”

“Wow, that. is. cool.”

“Oh and one more thing. Even if their jokes are not funny at all, laugh at them. Ok?”

The youngster then offered the most patronising laugh I’ve ever heard from a child.

I think she’ll do just fine.

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