Cheerleaders are known to deal with rivalries, but no one
ever prompted you on how to deal with sibling rivalries! Just like your
teammates, your siblings can get on your nerves, test your limits, and just plain drive you crazy from time to time–even on a daily basis! But, just
like your cheer team, you eventually put your differences aside for the greater
good of the team because family is forever, after all. Whether you’re the baby
of the family, the middle child, or the oldest leading the way, there are ways
for you to support your brothers and sisters without butting too much into
their lives. Cheerleaders know how to turn any frown upside down, and your
siblings sometimes need that pep and energy to motivate them, too! Here are
three simple ways to cheer on your siblings when they really need it.
1. Celebrate with
them. As a cheerleader, there are many milestones that you hit over the
years: competition wins, home game wins, Homecoming crowns, community service
acknowledgements, and even college scholarships could come your way! For your
siblings, however, they might not be so decorated in the accomplishment
department. They might actually begin to feel under-accomplished in comparison
to everything that you have going for you, which could be discouraging! So, if
an achievement comes their way, don’t brush it under the rug–celebrate! Make it
known that you are proud of them, even if it's something you don’t understand
or aren’t into personally.
2. Be accessible. Cheerleaders are
prone to leading busy lives, and if you’re not careful, you can quickly become
a little self-involved since you don’t have time to THINK, let alone think
about what others are doing. When you’re wrapped up in such a tight schedule,
the first people to stop getting your time are the people closest to you.
Because you know your family isn’t going anywhere, you assume that you can
always catch up with them later… like over holidays, or during that small
window of summer break in between cheer seasons. But even though you are stretched too thin, your siblings
might need some attention before your "breaks." Once you feel your season ramping up, tell your siblings that
even if you seem like you’re overloaded with activities and school, you will
never be too busy for them. Be open if your siblings turn to you for comfort or
advice, because there are some things they share with you versus
your parents. Whether you believe it or not, you were born closer to them than
anyone else on this planet, so cherish that connection and be accessible.
3. Promote a positive
attitude at home. You’re a cheerleader who smiles all throughout the day,
everywhere you go, because your smile is part of the uniform! Why would that
smile disappear once you walk through the front door of your house? By taking
the positivity that you promote in your school, on the mat, and in your
community into your family life, your siblings will follow suit. Work together with
chores and during family outings; communicate openly about things; end every
day getting along and start every morning by sharing the bathroom or making
breakfast for mom and dad. The bottom line is that smiling is contagious, so
turn away any negativity in your household by leading the way. Who knows? Your
parents might even reward you children more for being so good!
What are other ways you can cheer on your
siblings? Share your sibling stories with us in the comments!