National Sibling Day
April 10, 2016
Sibling rivalry and revelry: Is it cool to go to school with your kin?
Oh that dreaded moment comes… You see your sibling walking down the hallway way towards you. What are you going to do? Turn and walk a different way? Keep walking and pretend like you didn’t see him/her with the possibility of getting in trouble at home for not saying “Hi?” Or suck it up and say actually acknowledge the brother or sister.
Even though most of us have sibling experience, it seems like it’s a one-of-a-kind crisis.
The positive side of having a sibling at school is that it can be fun hearing about teachers in common and other gossip around the school.
While some people have a different view. Devin Barge, a sophomore, said, “This is my sister who I love SOOO much.”
Nell Darby a blogger for The Guardian talked about her personal experiences, “Studies have identified that siblings may provide some shy children, at least, with a sense of ‘protection’ in the school environment…” and Mrs. Ilana Blum, school counselor, agrees.
Blum said, “They feel safe because the older sibling feels like it is their job to protect their sibling. They can do this in my different ways: introducing them to their friends, showing them around the school, or just being that person to lean on after failing a test.”
Seeing your sibling at school is both a blessing and a curse. Here are some Pros and Cons:
Pros of having them at your school:
- You get extra set of eyes and ears at the school
- They can help you with the classes they’ve already taken
- You always know someone at the school events so you don’t have to walk in by yourself
- If you don’t hear something important at school then they are there to fill in the extra info
- Your teachers already know about you 🙂
Cons of having them at your school:
- They are always there and know if you have gotten into any trouble
- You have to live up to their standard or improving your teachers’ expectations
- You never know what the sibling are telling your mom and dad until you get in trouble
- Being seen in the hallway with your sibling can be “embarrassing”
- Your teachers already know about you 🙁
According to Springer Link, “Half of the economic inequality comes from family and community influences…” So if you’re an older sibling, then don’t always have a bad attitude during school. You could be hurting your sibling’s success.
On the other hand, if you are a younger sibling, don’t take everything big brother or sister as the truth. Go out and explore. Maybe you’ll find something that interests you.
The worst thing that you can say after four years is follow in the footsteps of a sibling without making your own path. You don’t want to live with that regret.
Twins: What is it like living with your other half?
Since 2014, according to a CNN report, the birth rate of twins has been increasing, with doubles at a record high in 2014.
Having a twin for some people can be like having a best friend, someone who shares the same interests, friends, and family. You’d always have someone to talk to when no one is around.
For others however, having a twin can be a curse and a burden. It’s constant competition to see who is better. Think sibling rivalry x 10.
Most people only know of two types of twins, fraternal, and identical. Surprisingly, there are 7 different types of twins. The other five types are mirror image, half-identical, mixed chromosome, superfetation, and superfecundation.
Most of the twins at Linganore are either fraternal or identical twins. Altogether LHS has 22 sets of twins.
Seniors, Megan and Morgan Brown, both describe their relationship as “special.” Morgan said, “I like having a twin because we grow up together and get to experience everything together.”
Megan said, “I like having a twin to share clothes with.”
The sophomore Clabaugh twins, Noah and Jordan, fight like most brothers and sisters.
Noah said, “I would rather have a male twin because Jordan has too many issues because she’s a girl, no offense.”
Jordan said, “I would change the gender of my twin because I need a sister, and boys are annoying.”
Noah thinks Jordan is the favorite because “she gets better grades than me.”
Morgan thinks Megan is the favorite. “She’s the angel child in their eyes, but secretly she is the devil child,” Morgan said.
Mrs. Susan Peterson, parent of seniors Brian and Jonathon, said, “The most difficult stage of parenting twins was when they were newborns. I had to feed two babies, nurse two babies, and change both of their diapers. I barely slept when I was taking care of them.
“I like to look at the boys as individuals and not so much as twins. They are fraternal twins and have completely different personalities. Brian is more interested in sports, like cross country, and he is more outgoing. Jonathan is more quiet and is into to computers and things in the technological field.”
Every year, the first week of August, twins gather from around the country at Twinsburg, Ohio to celebrate multiple births. This year’s theme is “Twinfinity and Beyond.”