How to survive having siblings during quarantine

Olivia Seits

Having a sibling is a weird experience. One minute you’ll be fighting over stealing each other’s clothes and using each other’s deodorant because you’re too lazy to find yours, and the next minute, you’re playing Mario Kart while sharing Goldfish. Enough said. Siblings are challenging and can get on your nerves frequently, especially during this time in quarantine. Here are some ways to prevent those pesky sisters and or brothers from ruining your day.

  1. Always check to see if your sibling(s) are around BEFORE snooping (for whatever your reason may be).
  2. If you’re going to get food, ask your sibling if they want any. This will get you on their good side, so if you want something in return, they are more inclined to give it to you.
  3. When you’re in the middle of an argument (probably over something dumb), say you have to go do your homework. This gives you an out of the conversation and lets you retreat to safety without being questioned too much. Also, when you’re both calm, the argument can be settled reasonably.
  4. If you’re borrowing something from your sibling like toothpaste or a hairbrush, make sure to place that item in the EXACT spot you found it. It is also good to note that you shouldn’t take a lot of that item because it could be more noticeable that you used it. That’s also just common courtesy. Yes, I know it’s tough, but you do have to be nice to your sibling(s) sometimes. 
  5. Actually spend time with them. I know you’re probably thinking, “What do you mean, I see them every day”. Yeah, okay, but go do an activity. It’ll be fun, most likely. Perhaps painting on rocks or binging Disney movies at 2 am.

 

Being stuck with people that seriously bug you is devastating, but this guide will hopefully help to make sure there is less conflict between you and the wrath of your sibling(s). 

 

Remember to stay home and stay safe.