Sister, Sister: Rules All Sisters Must Follow

You can't choose your family, you can choose your friends. However, if you're lucky your sister can become your best friend. She's going to be there for the rest of your life and you're genetically pretty similar to her, so you're probably going to get along eventually. I have three sisters and damn they are a handful. There's always one who's acting insane or doing really well or not talking to the rest of us, but at the end of the day we all love each other. But that bitch needs to return my top asap before someone gets cut! Here are rules that all sisters must follow:

1) You Must Always Take Their Side


Even if you know they're in the wrong. If you have to spend hours convincing your parents that they didn't do anything wrong, so be it. You must always have their back: have a cover story prepared if they need one, bail them out of a tough situation if they can't save themselves.

2) Never Tell On Them



A part of always having their back, is never ever tattling on them. Remember they know all of your secrets too so if you tell, they tell. You have each other's trust so don't abuse it. You never know when you'll have a secret that you'll need to tell someone.

3) Cuddling Is Always Permitted


If they need a cuddle, they get a cuddle and if you need one, you get one. No questions asked. Even when you're both all grown up, sometimes you'll have a nightmare or a shitty day and just need a cuddle, so, you'll head into your sister's room and get in for a cuddle. Sometimes it's the best cure for a shitty day.

4) Must Tease Each Other



It's important to keep your sister level-headed. If she's doing really well in life, you have to remind her of all the times she tricked your other sister into thinking she wet the bed so she'd get someone to cuddle. If anything you're helping them to develop a tough skin which can only make their lives easier. Plus, if you don't tell her that all the stuff she likes is weird, everyone is just going to insult her. You're doing her a favour.

5) Must Give Praise If Praise Is Due


If they did a great job, you have to let them know. You're proud of them and seeing as they probably screw up most of the time, it's good to praise them when they do the job well (just kidding sis...maybe). However, if they really screw up, you need to let them know that as well. And be there with wine and snacks to soften the blow when things go tits up.

6) Must Always Be Available



Whether you're five minutes away or five countries apart, you always have to be available either by phone, email, messenger, carrier-pigeon...whatever. If she needs you, you are there. If she needs to talk for hours about her shitty college professor, you drop what you're doing and listen. If she's sick, send care packages. You have no excuse. She's your sister.

7) Must Support Life Plans


Even if those life plans are dumb. If they don't work out, you will always be there to help her out again and if she succeeds, you will be there to celebrate her success. It's a win-win. And you should always be prepared to back her up if someone questions her motives or the feasibility of her plan to leave her steady well-paying job to travel the world, you only live once, after all!


8) Share Things But Ask First


It's okay for you to borrow my top if you a) ask first b) return it as you're finished with it c) if I'm not planning on wearing it and d) if you don't look better in it than I do. If you don't ask first, that's stealing, so I get to take something of yours, eye for an eye.

9) Must Keep Her Up-To-Date


You must keep her informed of all of your life's decisions: job opportunities, new college course, whether or not to buy that blue dress, whether or not you should date the hot mysterious dude in your tutorial. She must provide advice and might even have the power to veto. If you're ever dating a girl with a sister that she's basically besties with, you need get on with her, she might decide your future with her sister.


10) Have A PJ Day Together


Whenever you're back home, for the holidays or whatever, you must have a day when the two of you hang out in your pjs all day, bake cookies and eat junk in front of the TV. This is an essential requirement of sisterhood. It cannot be overlooked.

11) Must Vet Significant Others



As soon as you agree to become official with someone, your sister has exclusive rights to stalk them online to make sure they are not a creep - there is no irony there, it's a right that we have as sisters. If the sister doesn't approve, that could spell the end of a relationship....

12) Must Hate Everyone They Hate


Even if that person did nothing to your sister, if she thinks they're a prick, then they are a prick. If anyone intentionally hurts your sister, you hurt them back twice as hard. If anyone bitches about your sister to you, you let them know that no one can talk about her like that - except you that is. It's your birthright.

13) Must Protect Them From Harm



You will always come to their aid if they need you too, even if they don't want you to save them, you'll do it anyway. If you know someone is bad news but your sister insists on hanging out with them, you keep a close eye. No one is going to hurt your sister on your watch, and if they do? Then shit is going to go down!

14) Must Accept That Sisters Copy Each Other


Yes, younger sisters will always copy their older sisters, they are the coolest person they know and they will always want their approval. However, when you both grow up and know more of the world, sometimes it's the older sister that might start copying the younger. It's a form of flattery, accept it.

15) Must Tell Her That You Love Her


As clearly and as often as you need to. They are going to be with you for the rest of your life and you need to let them know that you appreciate them. No one else can make up the best games, do the best impressions, and the funniest dance moves. Your sisters are truly fantastic people. So let them know that you think that!

Orlaith Costello
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Orlaith is a Creative Writing graduate from NUI Galway. Hailing from the low lying fields of Athenry, or at least what’s left of the low lying fields. She enjoys the internet as a means of living vicariously through others from the safe confines of her own bed. She will initiate a dance off after at least two drinks on any given night out.
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