Connected by blood


Rachel Hlad

The connection and bond siblings have is hard to put into words. It’s like the sense of comfort one feels after not seeing or talking to someone for days, weeks or months at a time yet you can still just pick up right where you left off. At the end of the day, knowing siblings will always be there for each other gives people a sense of relief especially throughout adolescence.


Nobody is able to pick their siblings but we still have to tolerate and live with one another. Life skills are taught as we are put in different circumstances throughout childhood and adulthood. Sibling relationships provide children with their first lessons about how to handle difficult aspects of long-term, intimate relationships.


Four out of every five Americans have at least one brother or sister, according to U.S. News and World Report. Most siblings only share approximately 50 percent of the same genes, but the lifelong connection they feel often has nothing to do with biology. Research and studies show that there are many positive outcomes of having siblings.


Siblings fight, it is inevitable. By the time they reach adulthood, siblings have had years of practice managing their internal emotional reactions as well as learning how to respond appropriately when frustrated.


Siblings that experience traumatic events together, such as the divorce of their parents or the sudden loss of a loved one, conserve the ability to put their differences aside and stick together for strength and support. Throughout the pain and experiencing tough life lessons, having a stable support system allows siblings to grow closer than ever.
Most people will never know another human being for as long as they know their brother or sister. Whether they fought constantly throughout adolescence, lost touch for a period of their adult lives or remained incredibly close and connected from day one, their connection to their sibling or siblings will always come first.