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Things You Used to Argue With Your Siblings About

Updated October 13, 2018 623 votes 155 voters 18.4k views14 items

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Do you have a brother or a sister? In your older, more civilized years, have you forgotten all the things you fought about as a child? Read through this list of reasons kids fight, and refresh your memory on some your oldest, fondest memories.

You lived together under the same roof for decades. Maybe you shared a room. You had to fight for attention while simultaneously watching your back. Together, you were dragged to the grocery store, the post office, or on family “vacations,” and always against your will. So why do siblings fight? How does sharing a limited amount of space with the same person who knows you better than you know yourself evolve into sibling rivalry?

Having a sibling is like having a best friend, an enemy, and a personal, round-the-clock bully rolled into one. This person knows your strengths, your weaknesses, your pet peeves, your most intimate secrets... and they share your DNA. It’s basically the perfect concoction for blackmail and manipulation.

So if you grew up with brothers or sisters, you’ve probably mastered the art of annoying other human beings. You’ve probably been pinched and punched and ignored. You know that children will fight over just about anything, and you’ve probably experienced every scenario listed below.
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    Name Calling

    Meanie, ugly, stupid, stinky, gross... ring a bell? Sticks and stones may have broken your bones, but names always had a way of getting under your skin. This may have led to tattling, pouting, arguing, or ignoring.
    Did you fight about this?
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    It Wasn’t His Turn

    But he went anyway. Whether it was jumping off the diving board, choosing the radio station, or playing on the computer, some siblings didn’t honor the pre-determined order of opportunity. And some siblings were always keeping track.
    Did you fight about this?
  • 3

    The Remote Control

    Whether your sibling always insisted on watching (and singing along with) "Sesame Street" or they deliberately surfed passed your favorite show... you never got to watch what you wanted. Unless, of course, you had the remote. 
    Did you fight about this?
  • 4

    The Front Seat

    You have to be able to see the car. You have to be outside. You have to be on your way to the car. Who ever calls it first, wins. This is the end of a little story we all know as “Shot Gun.” Abide, or sit in the back.
    Did you fight about this?
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