Sibling-Parent??? How does that work?? Simple....
I have a younger brother and a younger sister who is 10 and 12 years my junior, respectively. When my parents separated and a few years later divorced shortly after my 16th birthday, it became official: I was a sibling-parent of 2.
I helped with the late night feedings when they were babies, took them to daycare and school, attended parent-teacher meetings and helped with homework. When my mother moved us to a completely new state, I took care of them after school, making sure homework was done, dinner was cooked, and baths were taken all before my mom got home from work. I attended football games and band practices. My Mother's day cards and phone calls (that I still get to this day) is comparable to my Mom's collection.
Now that my brother/son is graduating high school on Saturday it really hit me. I sat back and thought back on my life in helping raise these two and have learned the follwing: (Trust me there's more but have to save room for more blogs!)
- Kids are the cutest, sneakiest, nerve-wrecking, smartest, all-in-one comedy shows, and absolute blessings anyone can ever have ( I know I'm leaving a ton of adjectives out but will add in later posts!)
- Kids teach you how to tune out whining, senseless crying, and lame excuses
- Kids make you realize that, despite years of denial, you really do sound like your mother
- Kids teach you the art of multi-tasking that no job in the world could teach you.
- When its time to have your own children, sometimes, just sometimes, the thought of just having a dog can become really appealing!
Any other sibling-parents that can relate? To the real parents out there, how am I doing with my list? Share your thoughts!