1. Having friends over is hard when your little brother has an early bedtime. You had to be super quiet, and forget about ever throwing a party.
2. As the younger sibling, you HATED going to sleep. It’s hilarious to look back on now because bed is bae, but back then you knew you were missing out on all of the fun.
3. The older sibling is jealous of how ~cool~ your parents are now. With their first kids, they were totally uptight, but a decade later, they couldn’t be more relaxed.
4. As the younger sibling, you grow up a lot faster. Your parents are older than most of your friends’ parents, and they’re not taking any of your teenage angst.
5. You have no idea what it would be like to get into a fight with your little sib. Hair pulling and wedgies? That fight would never be fair.
6. Bringing home a date is always an adventure. If you’re older, it’s hard to make a good impression on your crush when your little sib is talking about that time you played dress up together… yesterday. If you’re younger, your date is just as intimidated by your older sibling as by your parents — there’s one more adult to impress!
7. As the youngest, you totally had only-child syndrome. Your teachers and friends don’t even realize you have a sibling because you’ve been home alone for so long! Luckily you get the best of both worlds — your parents’ undivided attention, and a helpful sib who’s just a phone call away.
8. You’ve gotten great at a long-distance relationship. You have a scheduled time to call and chat, and enjoy the support of having a sibling without all of the drama it usually creates.
9. But you still get a little jealous. As a younger one, you wish you were grown up and away from your parents’ curfews too. As the older sibling, it’s hard not to be jealous of your potentially spoiled little sib. He has no idea what it was like having your mom miss your school play because your baby brother was home with a fever.
10. As the older sib, you can teach them about the coolest movies and music from your childhood. Your CD collection is totally in again.
11. TV shows were never age-appropriate. Either you’re both watching Teletubbies, or Gossip Girl, in which case sex ed came earlier than planned.
12. You could be an aunt when you’re still in high school. Luckily, kids are adorable, and you know you’ll have the perfect flower girl if you ever decide to get hitched.
13. It can be hard to connect with someone who’s basically from a different generation. Your relationship is often more parental than anything.