I’m not perfect. And I know that as the eldest child I’m expected to be … but I think that I can say on behalf of all older teenage siblings that even though we are more mature, responsible, and ‘should know better’, we’re not always going to politely ask our younger sibling who is violently attacking our faces with a Nerf gun to stop.
I’m sorry, but it’s not going to happen.
And if my little brother steals my diary, spills tomato sauce on my just-finished assignment or informs me that I have a rat face, then I will not, under any circumstances, walk away and be the ‘bigger person’. I will prove to him that I really am the bigger person, maybe with a few pinches on his arm or a nice big shove. And that’s when the injustice plays out. Because it’s at that point that you walk in, when my younger, melodramatic sibling is on the floor bawling his eyes out and accusing me of assault. When in fact I was just making things right, and distributing the deserved punishment for his criminal (okay, maybe not criminal but extremely aggravating) acts. The following conversation usually goes exactly like this. Every single time.
‘April, is it true that you pushed him?’
‘But muuuuuuum I had to! He was going to rip the whole bloody book in half!’
‘So you resorted to violence ?’
‘April. How old are you?’
‘And how old is Le-oule?’
And then you pick him up, and carry him out to make sure the little devil is ‘feeling okay’. Might I just remind you that it was HIM not ME that initiated the argument and I was simply doing what you always tell me to do – end it. Quickly and simply. As the older sibling you also tell me that in those situations I should just walk away, tell him to stop or suggest another activity. Been there. Done that. Doesn’t work. I am an energetic, independent teenager with very little time to complete homework and assignments, so in moments of stress, if my little brother does something to PURPOSELY annoy me, I will snap. And there is no age limit to that.
Teen blogging competition for National Youth Week 2013
14-year-old April-Rose is a winner in our Teenage Blogging Competition, as part of National Youth Week 2013. She wins $100 thanks to 1st Available, Australia’s number one healthcare booking site.
Parents shouldn’t have unreasonable expectations, by Spinner, aged 14
Stop fighting! I am hurt, by Eva, aged 15
The computer is not where my brain goes to die, by Robert, aged 15
Sticks and stones may break our bones but words will leave us scarred, by Shari, aged 17
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