- Step 1: Find solutions Figure out exactly what your little brother or sister does that annoys you, then come up with a plan. If your sibling always messes with your stuff, ask your parents if you can keep your bedroom door locked when you’re out.
- TIP: Don’t be mean. Your younger sibling looks up to you, so set a good example (even if you feel like yelling!).
- Step 2: Ignore him Try ignoring the little pest. Many times, younger siblings do annoying things for attention. If you ignore the bad behavior long enough, he’ll eventually give up.
- TIP: Ignoring doesn't mean putting your hands over your ears and yelling, "La, la, la—I can't hear you." Remember, negative attention is still attention.
- Step 3: Make a deal Make a deal. Say something like, 'If you give me some space while my friends are here, we can play your favorite board game after they leave.'
- TIP: If your sibling is pestering you out of boredom, try suggesting a fun solo project, like asking him to draw you some pictures.
- Step 4: Give in If all your little bro or sis is really guilty of is wanting to play with you, give in once in a while. It will mean more than you think.
- Step 5: Involve your parents When all else fails, get help from mom or dad. Don't tattle—just ask for a suggestion on how to get the little twerp out of your hair for a while.
- FACT: From 1986 to 2006, the number of American families with only one child doubled.
You Will Need
- A little kindness