Whilst most of us love our nearest and dearest, sibling rivalry is not uncommon and is often upsetting for those on the receiving end, but if you are unfortunate enough to be the victim of a mean sister, there are ways to make life a little easier.
The idea of having a sister to play with, to talk to, to swap clothes with and share troubles with is a lovely one. A sister can be a best friend and a close ally, someone to back you up, someone to fight your corner, someone to stand up for you when you clash with your parents. Yet, sometimes this is not the case. Sisters can often be at each other's throats and arguing, name calling and teasing is often a common occurrence in some families. If you have an mean sister who makes your life difficult it can be upsetting but there are some things you can do to try to mend your relationship.
Talk To Her
- It may sound obvious, but try talking to your mean sister. She is not a mind-reader and may have no idea how much her behaviour upsets you. What seems amusing to one person can be highly offensive to another, so sit her down and tell her how you feel. Try to avoid blaming or accusing her, as this might make her defensive. Gently explain to her that although she may not realise it, the way she treats you makes you unhappy.
Talk To Your Parents
- Let them know what is going on. They may be oblivious to the fact that your mean sister is giving you grief, and often a pep talk from a parent is all it takes to diffuse an unpleasant situation. If absolutely necessary, and more drastic measures are required they can cancel pocket money or ground your sister is she continues to taunt you.
- If all else fails, think whether there is anyone else who might be able to talk to your mean sister. Perhaps she has a friend, boyfriend or teacher who might have a quiet word with her.