By Jennifer Delgado ’17
Growing up, most of the kids’ TV shows we’d watch revolved around a protagonist’s hectic life with his or her large family. Little did we know, some of us would end living the exact same life. Whether it be rushing to be the first one to use the bathroom each morning, eating the last bag of chips, or snitching on a sibling as payback, at the end of the day, there’s nobody we’d want to share the same blood with than anybody else.
Nickelodeon and Disney Channel TV shows, such as The Proud Family, Living Life With Derek, and Good Luck Charlie depict the lives of a messy and busy, yet loving families.
Clarissa Crespo, senior, mentions that the above statement is how she would describe her family of 8. Being the oldest of 6, Crespo says that her household is always rowdy and out of order. “My little brothers would be playing video games, my sisters playing their loud music, and my baby brother crying in the background,” says Crespo as she describes her everyday sounds.
According to Loving Life at Home, “There is never a dull moment in a home filled with children, and there is always somebody to play with. Neighbors and schoolmates will come and go, but siblings are friends you can keep for life.”
Although some are the only child, one could say that their inheritance is 100 percent theirs, though they are to care for their aging parents. However, there are not just drawbacks to being an only child. “Not having siblings meant that I had to make decisions on my own. It also meant that I had to entertain myself and find ways to occupy myself,” stated the blog of Tim and Olive. One does not necessarily need siblings to have the love and fun of family. Aunts, uncles, and cousins are all people we count and lean on, whether it be for advice or fun.
Elexis De Leon, senior, adds in that, “sometimes they’re OK. They get in my way a lot, but I love sharing funny moments with them and not being alone at family parties.”
Even if your siblings are stealing your hot cheetos, putting their dirty dishes in the sink as your washing them, or not shutting up when you’re doing your homework, their presence allows you not to feel lonely nor alone.
Though having a large family doesn’t secure your hidden snacks, it does come in great handy for discounts, saving spots at social events, and invitations to different types of parties each weekend.