25 Relatable Memes for Parents Dealing With Sibling Spats | “I’ll Give You Thirteen Dollars to Stop Being My Sibling”
"I was painting my room with my brother when I realized he is not a good brush." Parents with multiple children are familiar with sibling rivalry and siblings making each other's lives hell.
We have often heard about an elder sibling telling their younger brother or sister that he/she has been adopted or picked from a dustbin or worst—we might have experienced it ourselves. The responsibility of raising multiple children is challenging and if/when a parent favors one child over another, then hell hath no fury. Science can help us understand why children of the same parents are so different from each other. Leah Burke, a pediatric geneticist and chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council of Genetics, says, "While it's true that a child inherits 50 percent of their DNA from each parent, that DNA can vary wildly from child to child because it is rearranged during the reproductive process," per The Washington Post. That is why some kids are more troublesome and parents have an uphill time trying to discipline them.
Some parents on Twitter are making jokes out of their suffering. If you are a parent in a similar situation, these 25 memes will sound relatable and reassuring.
1. And the award goes to...
No one is as obnoxiously well-behaved as a child whose sibling is getting yelled at.— Henpecked Hal (@HenpeckedHal) July 27, 2020
I just heard one of my kids say to her sister, "Hold still. I know what I'm doing."— James Breakwell, Exploding Unicorn (@XplodingUnicorn) July 20, 2019
Now if you'll excuse me, I need to go interrupt what I assume is amateur surgery.
3. So relatable
Asking your child to go get their sibling for dinner is just asking them to stand next to you and scream their sibling's name.— Abe Yospe (@Cheeseboy22) June 27, 2018
Nobody has a better bedside manner than a kid who’s trying to get their sibling they just punched to stop crying before their parents hear.— Arianna Bradford (@thearibradford) April 25, 2020
5. May God bless you
My son keeps grabbing fists of air and screaming ‘mine’. My daughter is crying saying Tj is stealing my air....they are in my bedroom, on a Saturday morning....😪😪😪— MaMthombeni (@knowbuntu) July 7, 2018
6. No winning situation here
What I said: "Don't kick your sister in the back"— James Breakwell, Exploding Unicorn (@XplodingUnicorn) May 29, 2016
What I meant: "Don't kick your sister"
What she heard: "Kick your sister someplace else"
Me: where’s your brother?— NewDadNotes (@NewDadNotes) September 23, 2019
Daughter: I told him to go hide.
Me: aww are you playing hide and seek?
Daughter: he is.
Daughter: don’t worry I’ll find him when my movie’s over.
When I was in my 20’s I knew a guy named Jesus. He had an older brother named Moses and a younger brother named Steve. If that doesn’t sum up what’s it’s like to be the 3rd kid, I don’t know what does.— Rhyming Mama (@sarabellab123) June 8, 2021
My son has been away all week on a school trip. I asked my daughter: ‘do you miss your brother?’— Shaparak Khorsandi شاپرک خرسندی (@ShappiKhorsandi) July 2, 2021
She looked at me puzzled and said ‘isn’t he in his room?’
10. So unfair
Hey, parents of an only child considering having one more, know that I just split an M&M in half.— Val (@ValeeGrrl) November 7, 2015
11. Plot twist
My daughter came downstairs and gave me the last bite of her favorite candy. She'd learned to share, and I was proud.— Henpecked Hal (@HenpeckedHal) February 19, 2019
Then her brother came downstairs asking who ate all of his candy. "WE did!" my daughter declared. She'd learned to share blame, and I was even prouder.
12. *crying inside*
What’s it like having 4 boys?— Sarcastic Mommy (@sarcasticmommy4) November 3, 2021
My son just threw a waffle into the ceiling fan so he could see what would happen, with all of his brothers cheering him on.
13. The kid's going to go places
[breaking up a fight]— James Breakwell, Exploding Unicorn (@XplodingUnicorn) May 9, 2016
Me: Tell your sister you're sorry.
5-year-old: You told me not to lie.
14. And lots of crying later
When a kid asks a sibling to play a game of tag, they're basically asking if their sibling wants to take a jog that ends in a fight.— The ParentNormal (@ParentNormal) March 9, 2017
15. It's going to be all right.
Shoutout to all the parents whose kid just lost it because a sibling “put a foot near him” or “looked at him for too long.”— Scary Mommy (@ScaryMommy) June 22, 2018
16. Hard lessons
My son told his teen sister that she was being “way too emotional.”— Jessie (@mommajessiec) April 6, 2021
I let it play out. Some things are better learned the hard way.
The hardest part of having multiple kids is explaining why only your first child has a baby book.— MyQuestionableLife (@2questionable) November 9, 2017
18. No questions
I see it— MomTransparenting (@momtransparent1) January 22, 2020
I like it
I want it
I got it
- my kids whenever they see a toy that belongs to their sibling
19. Honesty is the best policy
Me: you hit your sister with a ball!?— Marcy G (@BunAndLeggings) April 21, 2020
4yo: I didn't hit her with a ball! I hit her with a TRUCK!
Well at least she's honest
Overheard in my house: "I'll give you thirteen dollars to stop being my sibling."— 〰 Just Linda 〰 (@LindaInDisguise) August 11, 2018
5YO: I’m going to wait for my sister to get home to eat my cookie— Not the Nanny (@not_thenanny) April 23, 2021
Me: That’s so sweet you’re gonna share with her
5YO: I’m not sharing, I just want her to know about it
Listening to my kids argue makes me feel like I’m going to have a breakdown yet a little excited about a brief hospital stay.— Sarcastic Mommy (@sarcasticmommy4) January 4, 2020
23. History repeats itself
I love how horrified my mom acts when my kids show even the slightest hint of sibling rivalry. As if she didn’t spend her entire life watching my siblings and I try to murder each other.— The Mom at Law® (@TheMomAtLaw) January 30, 2019
24. "They cheated"
4-year-old: Why do I have to be the youngest?— James Breakwell, Exploding Unicorn (@XplodingUnicorn) January 9, 2020
Me: Your sisters were born first.
4: They cheated.
25. Le timing
Me: Hey bud, you want to read a book?— A Bearer Of Dad News (@HomeWithPeanut) July 10, 2019
Me: Do a puzzle?
Me: Okay well I have to put your brother down for a nap. Just be quiet please.
3: [Leads a marching band through living room while on parade float]