Having a sibling can be great. Growing up with another person who truly understands just how unfair your parents are can help make that 10:00 p.m. curfew a lot easier to handle. But as protective and understanding as they can be, siblings can also be bossy, annoying, or just downright mean. If you're still haunted by childhood memories of your older sister locking you in the closet, it may cause you to wonder how having a dominant sibling affects your child later in life.
You can't choose your family, and unfortunately for my younger brothers, your siblings will be around for the long haul. That means that if you grow up in the same household, your siblings will undoubtedly help shape some parts of your personality. According to U.S. News & World Report, nearly 80 percent of people in the U.S. have at least one sibling. Additionally, as Health magazine mentioned, sibling relationships can influence everything from your weight to how you navigate the dating world. And when one sibling has a particularly dominant personality, it can cause the others to either go into their shell or work hard to develop a talent or interest that sets them apart.
Keep in mind that every situation is different and other environmental factors can come into play, but by spreading the love around and making sure to avoid placing labels like "the smart one" or "the jock," you can help keep some of the peace in the house.