Being a big brother or sister is a big responsibility. Your younger siblings look up to you, even if they don’t always act like it. Being a good older sibling means leaving footprints to follow along the path to success.
It’s important to set a good example at school for your siblings, whether you attend the same school or not. Your family may discuss your grades or assignments at home. You want younger siblings to hear a message of excitement, positive attitude, and dedication. School may not be your favorite place, but your attitude will inspire younger siblings. In today’s competitive workforce, the dream jobs are going only to people with the highest levels of education and the best work ethics. You don’t want your siblings to miss opportunities because they didn’t think school was important.
A bad attitude surrounded by bad behavior could leave your younger sibling in a real mess when he or she meets your former teachers. Leave behind a positive legacy so your siblings will be proud to share your name.
You didn’t get to choose your siblings, but you do get to choose your friends. Choose people who share your values and goals. Surrounding yourself with good friends will show your younger siblings how to foster positive, meaningful, and lasting relationships with their peers.
Drugs & Alcohol
Monkey see, monkey do. If you experiment with drugs and alcohol, your siblings may want to be just like you and do the things you do. Talk to younger siblings about the importance of saying NO so they can grow up healthy and strong.
Around the House
Your home is the center of your family. If you have chores or other responsibilities at home, make sure you keep up with them. Help younger siblings learn how to do their part to make your house a safe and comfortable home.
Your siblings will be flooded with new ideas and information from school and friends. Middle school is an especially impressionable time where kids may choose a path to success or a big mess. Help your younger siblings to navigate the world and become the best people they can be. Check out the Community Resources from LiveFree! to learn more about how to be a good role model and older sibling.