The old karaoke favourite have been proven to be true; sisters ARE doing it for themselves. No, really, we have the stats to prove it.
A new report, published in the Journal of Family Psychology, has found that those who grew up with sisters were more likely to be happy and balanced.
Though it’s often (especially working) mums who get blamed for moulding a child’s development, Dr Laura Padilla-Walker – who led the study – says sisters are more influential than parents ‘in terms of being kind to others and being generous.’
You may have hated her when she stole your Barbie and gave her a skinhead, but in fact even your squabbles were good for your growth. Dr Padilla-Walker saus the fights gave children a chance to learn how to make-up and regain control of their emotions.
‘For parents of younger kids the message is to encourage sibling affection. Once they get the adolescence it’s going to be a big protective factor.’
The bond between brothers and sisters wasn’t as strong as same-sex siblings. It’s a cliché, but the report found girls were better at talking about problems (rather then just giving a ‘there-there’ wedgy). This meant, in later life, they could help each other through grown-up speed bumps like divorce and illness.
Whilst this all sounds very idyllic, we know many sisters who don’t get on at all. In fact a study back in 2002 found ‘sibling rivalry rage’ is on the rise.
We want to hear from sisters about how your relationship has evolved since your schooldays. Is your sis your rock or rival? Tell us…
- Amy Molloy