Raise your hand if you have a sister. It has had a bigger impact on your life than you’ve probably ever realized.
Raise your hand if you are a sister. You have had a greater impact on the lives of your brothers and sisters than you have probably ever realized. Read on so you can brag about it.
A study by researchers at Brigham Young University found that having a brother or sister encouraged children to be helpful, kind and to do good deeds. For example, a child with a brother or sister would be more likely to help someone at school.
Of course, parents can help promote good deeds, but having at least one brother or sister makes children twice as likely to do good deeds.
Now, if you happen to have a sister, it’s even better. Yes, even if your sister is younger than you and always takes your favorite sweater without asking.
According to the study, “statistical analyses showed that having a sister protected teens from feelings of loneliness, lack of love, guilt, shyness and fear. It did not matter if the sister was younger or older, or how much the brothers and sisters were separated by age. “
Of the families who participated in the study, 395 had at least 2 children, one of whom was between 10 and 14 years old. To confirm the data, the researchers followed each family one year after collecting the original data. Teenagers who had a sister showed obvious benefits.
A theory that having a sister increases happiness in adolescence is that girls tend to communicate more than boys. This gives them an advantage when it comes to talking about problems. It is also more common for girls to take on a welfare role, which can be useful when dealing with pre-teen and teen drama. Whatever the reason, be sure to say “thank you” to your sister.
If you are a parent of young children, you can learn a lot from this study. The important thing to remember is that it is important to encourage your children to be affectionate with each other. According to Laura Padilla-Walker, a professor at Brigham Young University and lead author of the research, “When they reach adolescence, it will be a significant protective factor. “
You also do not need to worry if your kids are arguing a lot. Apparently, even the fights are beneficial. Padilla-Walker believes that sibling fights help children learn to manage their emotions and come to terms with each other. These are two essential skills in life.
Padilla-Walker adds, “An absence of affection seems to be a bigger problem than high levels of conflict. “
Does it surprise you to know that having a sister is so beneficial?