Siblings - a word that has the power to bring out a range of emotions in us - love, joy, and excitement (mostly all positive). Considering this, there should be no doubt about whether you should have a sibling or not. However, if you still have such a doubt, we're here to help you get an answer.
Listed below are some of the perks of having siblings. Hope it helps!
One complaint most parents and teachers have about children is about them fighting over toys and other playthings. What most parents have a hard timing doing is teaching their kids how to share and be willing to part with their toys (or other things). When your baby grows up with a sibling, however, that's half the job done. Having siblings teaches children how to play together and share. There are times when there will be a lot of fighting, but that story has a happy ending!
When your kids play together, they will inevitably learn how to work together as a team. Working together helps get the job was done and there is also a lot of learning involved. Whether it's some chore you've given or that new set of Lego blocks they've just started playing with, they'll find a way around it in such a way that they know when they need to put their hands together and when they need to give each other their own space to work. It's a great lesson for the future for both siblings.
3. Toughening up
If any of you have siblings, you'll be able to relate when we say that the one thing siblings are best at doing is fighting…with each other and for each other. It helps them toughen up for the future and stand by each other. They learn what fights they need to pick and how fights can be avoided. It already teaches them how to stand their ground without being bullied.
4. Life lessons
Siblings do more than just play and fight. Having an older sibling could possibly be one of the most beneficial things for your younger one. We say this because siblings provide a lot of life lessons for their younger siblings. Not just by verbally communicating morals and lessons, but also by setting examples and making their own mistakes. We don't only learn from our own mistakes, but also from the mistakes of others. Siblings teach each other how to interact with other people out there in the real world, as they are different from each other and therefore the people interact with are also very different. A good sibling can provide lessons in humility and help keep the other grounded.
Having a sibling is like having a permanent playmate. Not only does it help by making sure your kids aren't lonely, it also ensures that your children's minds are stimulated, thus leading to efficient brain development. The more they play together, the more they learn and grow. Playing together is a way of showing love. It emphasises a feeling of togetherness and belonging and strengthens the bond that siblings naturally have.
Earlier, it was mentioned that the one thing that siblings do the best is the fight. However, there is one thing they do that's better than that, and that is supporting each other. The support you'll get from a sibling is unparalleled. Again, if you have siblings, you'll understand this. One of the most beautiful things to see is one of your children consoling the other one when he/she is crying beyond consolation. They've always got each other's backs.
With this information, we hope you've got some clarity on any doubt you may have had about your child having a sibling. A sibling is probably the best gift you can give to any child.