“No human interaction has greater impact on our lives than our family experience.”
Have you ever watched your older brothers or sisters while your parents were disciplining them? You probably learned something from their painful experiences! As a matter of fact, there’s a lot to be learned by watching or listening to your siblings. No matter how much older they are, they have at least that much more experience.
They’ve experienced some difficulties that you could avoid simply by taking their advice. The very things that have been stumbling blocks to them may become stepping-stones to you. Imitate their best behavior.
Don’t forget your younger siblings either. While you can teach them a lot, they might be able to teach you a few things as well. They are coming at life with a newer perspective.
Think of your siblings as friends, not just family. Keep the lines of communication open. Forgive quickly—not only for the sake of the family, but also for your own emotional well-being. Affirm what is right about them, and lovingly discourage their wrong.
If you make friends with your siblings now, you’ll have fewer enemies later.