Started to commemorate siblings that had passed away while they were very young, National Siblings Day has become a political and global phenomenon, being celebrated in countries all over the world on April 10th.
Why We Love Siblings (and National Siblings Day)
A. They just know
Your friends will never really understand why your mother presses your buttons so easily or why your father’s breakfast routine annoys you. But your brothers and sisters will—no need to explain.
B. They taught us important lessons
If you’re the oldest child, the world changed when your younger sibling came into the world. All of a sudden, you had to share your parents and toys and help take care of this new person. If you’re a younger sibling, there was that older brother or sister to learn from for navigating the world.
C. DNA is cool
When you think about it, the genetic material that went into making you also made your siblings. Your share similarities at a cellular and DNA level. That’s like, a miracle—and totally cool.
How To Celebrate National Siblings Day
1. Post a childhood shot on your social media
Remember that time you cut their hair while they were sleeping? Shouldn’t everyone see it? Sharing childhood photos and memories will absolutely bring a smile to their face—and who knows, they may call you too!
2. Give a gift that would delight their inner child
He loved his Chewbacca action figure in the ’80’s. She loved her sparkly jelly shoes. You can probably find something similar on-line (or the original in your parents’ attic) and send it their way. Their younger self will thank you.
3. Write a Top 10 List
Share a Top 10 list of memories or things you love about your sibling with them today. It will be a fun reminder of just how special the relationship is.
AMERICANS WITHOUT SIBLINGS ARE PERFECTLY HAPPY THAT WAY
When asked whether they would prefer to have siblings or be an only child, 38% of sibling-less Americans said they are perfectly happy without siblings. Only 12% of Americans with siblings would prefer to be an only child.
WOMEN PREFER TO BE THE YOUNGEST CHILD; MEN WOULD RATHER BE THE OLDEST
35% of women would prefer to be the youngest child, 34% the oldest, 17% the middle child, and 14% an only child. Meanwhile, 40% of men would prefer to be the oldest child, 24% the youngest, 20% the middle child, and 16% an only child.