Siblings As Teachers: 5 Things Your Kids Learn Best From Each Other

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Despite all of the words that flow daily from my mouth, my children learn many lessons more quickly and completely when taught by their siblings.

I think there is an element of tune-mom-out when it comes to most things, and when it comes right down to it, they really probably only believe 50% of the things I say anyway. The other half is attributed to what they deem as unnecessary worrying and me being old.

Whatever. I gave them each other so I wouldn't have to worry about it, so in the end, like always, I was right. Again.

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How to dress cool.

Or, how to dress just like them thanks to the fact that your parents rarely (if ever) buy you your own clothing. #HandMeDowns #FTW

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How to stick up for yourself

Because you will get lots and lots and LOTS of practice doing it. And everyone knows practice makes perfect. 

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How to be tough and brave and probably a little bit dangerous.

Because you don't want to be that guy all the time. Sometimes, you just hop on the bike or jump off the bridge because everyone else is doing it (and by everyone else, I mean your big brothers, who would never steer you wrong). The key here, parents, is to make sure that your oldest kid is also the smartest and most sensible. That way, everyone else will be safe in his shadow!

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How to fly under the radar.

Chances are good that someone is always doing something worse than you are. Figuring out how to use that to your advantage is something you can only learn by doing.

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How to be you.

When there isn't much space and time to get your own attention, you sort of make it a point to carve out a place for yourself so a little light can shine on you when your siblings are busy trying to suck it all up.

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Siblings As Teachers: 5 Things Your Kids Learn Best From Each Other

Amanda has been wowing the Internet since 2008 when she launched her pretty-much-useless guide for parents, parenting BY dummies. As it turns out, her parenting advice is not generally useful for more than a good laugh, but sometimes that’s exactly what you need! Amanda spends her offline time (which is embarrassingly limited) running a photography business, working as a social media director for a local magazine, writing freelance articles about stuff she loves, wrangling her 3 little Dudes ... More

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