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We’ve got good news for those of you who are the eldest sibling in your family. You may have to deal with your younger brother always asking you for a lift or your little sister stealing your clothes when you’re not home, but all is not lost.

A new study has found that there is one major perk to being the oldest sibling.

Researchers revealed that the eldest child is usually the smartest.

 

Apparently, there is “a strong negative relation between birth order and cognitive outcomes of children.”

The study was conducted by teams of researchers at the Universities of Houston, New South Wales and Sheffield.

The teams discovered that older siblings feel more confident when it comes to their academic performance, whilst younger brothers and sisters can often doubt themselves.

This may be because the eldest sibling doesn’t have anyone to compare themselves to. However, as younger siblings know, you’re often compared to your big sister or brother.

The team explained that younger siblings may be ‘less intelligent’ because they don’t get as much attention from their parents, compared to their older siblings.

They said parental attention has a massive impact on children’s academic performance. For example, the youngest daughter may not feel as supported as her older brother did when he was in school because the parents have more children to focus on.

“Although later-born children are not born disadvantaged in their health or developmentally, we find that parents are unable to provide them with the same level of cognitive support as they do with their first-born,” they explained.

 

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Eldest siblings, rejoice! We’ve got good news for you. A new study has found that the eldest child is the most intelligent.

The study found that there was “a strong negative relation between birth order and cognitive outcomes of children.”

This news will certainly boost the older siblings ego, but it is bound to cause major sibling rivalry in households across the country.

The study was conducted by teams of researchers at the Universities of Houston, New South Wales and Sheffield.

The teams discovered that older siblings feel more confident when it comes to their academic performances, whilst younger brothers and sisters can often doubt themselves.

This may be because the eldest sibling doesn’t have anyone to compare themselves to. However, as younger siblings know, you’re often compared to your big sister or brother.

There is a huge pressure on youngsters to perform better especially if their big brother is a math whiz, or if their older sister is a history buff.

The team explained that younger siblings may be ‘less intelligent’ because they don’t get as much attention from their parents, compared to their older siblings.

They said parental attention has a massive impact on children’s academic performance. For example, the youngest daughter may not feel as supported as her older brother did when he was in school because the parents have more children to focus on.

“Although later-born children are not born disadvantaged in their health or developmentally, we find that parents are unable to provide them with the same level of cognitive support as they do with their first-born,” they explained.

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This little bit of new research is very heart-warming.

As much as we all love our siblings, it turns out we love our dogs a little bit more than them.

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In an unsurprising, but lovely study, it was confirmed that even though we love our siblings, we actually trust dogs more.

The research was carried out on 77 12-year-olds in the UK, and found that pets not only make kids happier, but they also get along better with them, too.

Girls in particular are closer to their pet pooches, and also have a higher level of companionship with them, compared to boys.

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Matt Cassells, one of the researchers, said: “Anyone who has loved a childhood pet knows that we turn to them for companionship and disclosure, just like relationships between people.

“Even though pets may not fully understand or respond verbally, the level of disclosure to pets was no less than to siblings.

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“The fact that pets cannot understand or talk back may even be a benefit as it means they are completely non-judgmental.”

We'll forever love our pups.

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Ariana Grande has been through hell and back throughout these past few years. The 25-year-old was left traumatised after the Manchester terrorist attack in 2017. This year, the No Tears Left To Cry singer lost her friend and former partner Mac Miller.

And now, her relationship with SNL cast member Pete Davidson has dwindled. It was revealed that the couple has called off their engagement and have decided to go their separate ways.

According to reports, Pete was not emotionally supportive enough following Mac Miller’s death, which led to their break-up.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Following news of their break-up, Ariana’s brother Frankie took to Instagram to express his love for his little sister.

As a sign of support, her 35-year-old brother posted a video with his sister’s song Breathin playing in the background.

“Good morning to my beautiful, beautiful sister. I love you so much and you’re with me right now in Iceland. Listen!” he wrote.

Ariana has been swarmed with loving messages from both family and friends since news of her separation broke.

#WeLoveYouAriana has been trending on Twitter where fans have been sharing supportive messages with the God Is a Woman singer.

“I just can’t even imagine how our love is feeling rn. I really just want a long time where Ariana is happy and it seems like 2018 is just not proving to be the year for that. 2019 hurry up,” one fan shared.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Another wrote: “You are worthy of all the love in the world, never forget we got your back, love you always and forever.”

“Ariana is a talented, powerful, independent woman. Her music has helped me through some of my toughest times, and I hope us fans can do the same for her.”

Ariana has yet to publicly comment on her reported break-up.

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If you grew up among siblings who seemed intent on making your life a living hell, you'll know all too well the array of tricks they used to drive you up the effing wall.

From subtle digs to all-out war, most of us spent our childhoods looking over our shoulder, primed for the next attack.

And while the vast majority of us can laugh at their exploits now (and admit we were equally as guilty), at the time the anguish was oh-so-real.

And here are just 9 things they could do like no one else…

1. Hide the remote

We'll be honest, we spent more time as children wrestling our siblings on the sitting room floor for possession of the remote than actually watching TV.

And while carpet burns and gouged skin was hardly a walk in the park, realising your sibling had hidden the remote was a whole different level of torture.

"I'll set the house on fire if you don't tell me where it is."

2. Read your diary

The really devious wouldn't come right out and say they had gotten 12 weeks deep in your diary, but would instead drop hints that have you questioning their moral compass.

Instead of admitting they know the ins and outs of your 'private life', they would allude to random secrets during family meals in order to watch you squirm. And the worst part? You couldn't accuse them of reading your diary, because you'd end up ratting yourself out.

"So, I didn't get any detention this week. What about you?"

3. Repeat everything you said

If they tried it these days, we'd simply stick our headphones in our ears, question their sanity and immerse ourselves in Netflix, but as a child it was a lot harder to handle.

All they had to do was raise their voice slightly, adopt a super annoying tone, and repeat every sentence you said in order to reduce you to a red-faced, shrieking mess.

"Maaaaaaaam, tell him to stop imitating me!"

4. Make your friends laugh at you

This generally only worked if your sibling was older than you and your friends were out to impress, and hell did it hurt.

With just a little encouragement, your mates could be convinced to join in sibling-inspired name-calling or indulge in some mocking, and never did the betrayal run so deep.

"Did you know she still wets the bed at night?"

5. Scare the bejaysus out of you

At some point or another, it's likely you shared a bedroom with your sibling which meant that there were approximately eight unsupervised hours where they could terrify you to their heart's content.

From insisting they could see someone beneath your bed to planting seeds that there was someone lurking in the wardrobe, they knew how to make the most out of your discomfort.

"Now don't freak out, but I know that wardrobe door was closed when we turned off the lights…"

6. Force you into misbehaving

OK, it's not like we weren't able to do this one by ourselves, but there were occasions when we'd have opted for a quiet life and our siblings forced us into doing something which invariably ended in the outbreak of World War 3 in our family home.

Whether it was skipping mass with a sibling and getting caught or lamping a ball over a neighbour's wall 'for the craic', siblings got some kick out of seeing you take the fall.

"Look, there were two of us in it and you're as much to blame as I am."

7. Censor films and TV programmes… for the craic

Sometimes your siblings took on the role of surrogate parents and prevented you from watching things they didn't deem suitable which, in a way, was fair enough.

And then there were the times they simply decided you weren't watching something for no other reason than they said so.

"I know it's only The Simpsons, but you'll probably have nightmares."

8. Tell on you

Ratting you out to your parents was the ultimate betrayal… especially considering the fact you kept schtum about their most recent indiscretion.

Hearing your sins laid bare in front of your parents by a smug sibling totally justified the biggest revenge plot of all time.

"Keep talking, You'll get yours, you sly pig."

9. Excluding you

Your mam may have insisted your older sibling let you tag along with their friends, but the minute you mam was out of sight, you were shoved in a bush so fast your head would spin.

There you were skipping merrily alongside your new pals, and the next you were picking thorns out of your arse and wondering where the hell everyone had gone.

"Helloooo? I don't know how to get home!!"

 

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The relationship you have with your siblings are unlike any other.

When you were kids, you fought, hit, shouted and screamed at them all day long, and if you told your parents about their naughty behaviour? 'They didn't mean it, they're only young', are the words you'd hear them say.

And let's not get started on little brothers… they did just about anything to wind you up back in the day.

Well, older siblings, prepare to feel very smug because science has just found out something that you have known all along.

Little brothers are born naughty.

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Yep, scientists studied datasets from Florida, all the way to Denmark and found that little brothers just can't help themselves from being bold.

In the report, named Birth Order and Delinquency (what a name), the researchers said: “In families with two or more children, second-born boys are on the order of 20 to 40 per cent more likely to be disciplined in school and enter the criminal justice system compared to first-born boys even when we compare siblings.”

Ouch!

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It's not all bad though, as it has been found that younger siblings are also more laid back and funny.

“The most significant difference is in feeling the burden of responsibility – most (54 per cent) firstborns say they are more responsible than their siblings, compared to 31 per cent of last-borns.

“Younger siblings, on the other hand, are more likely to say they are more funny (46 per cent compared to 36 per cent of elder siblings), more easy going and more relaxed.”

The study ended by explaining that because older siblings were usually told to "keep an eye" on their younger brothers or sisters, "elder siblings are more likely to feel more organised and able to prioritise their own lives. Likewise, younger siblings are more likely to feel more favoured by their parents.”

So, there you have it.

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My sister was born in July of 2006 and I turned 12 that August – and for most families that's a huge gap.

But in this day and age, families come in all shapes, sizes and ages.

So, if your brother or sister was born years after you first emerged on the planet, here are 8 truths you'll know to be true:

1. People will think you're the mother

And considering I still look about 12 and she's now 10-years-old, people get seriously confused.

You will mostly play along when people call you 'mam', but still get a little freaked out.

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2. Even nurses are mistaken

The first day I went to visit my sister in hospital, my mam popped out to the loo and I was holding Áine in my arms. The nurse then came by and STARED at me and said, "I've seen mothers young, but not that young."

Erm… OK? Check yo' facts, woman…

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3. You hear about your friends fighting with their siblings and wonder what the fuss is about

Because there's such a big gap, you probably moved out of home a few years after they were born, so you never clashed while growing up.

Don't get me wrong, I still argue with my sister, but stories of sibling rivalry really amuse me.

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4. They have it SO lucky

Your parents basically tested everything out on you and if they thought some activity was too dangerous to do, you weren't allowed do it.

But, at this stage everything has been tried and tested, and your parents realise that no, she won't die if she gets a pair of rollerskates.

(Yep, rollerskates were too dangerous for me so I had to RUN beside all the other kids skating down to school… thanks, mam.)

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5. If you were an only child beforehand, having a sibling (at first) was seriously weird

Who is this person who just came screaming into the family? How do I hol… oh crap, I just bashed her head against the wall.

You just weren't used to looking after another person…

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6. You're basically their cooler, younger parent

You worry about them non-stop, but are way more understanding (and chill) than your parents.

And if your sibling can't get around your mam or dad, you can bet they'll come to you next. And you, of course, will give in.

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7. You still hold their hand

Since you were old enough to remember them being born and you saw them growing up, you're fiercely protective.

And if you drop them off at school, you still give them a kiss goodbye even though it's SO not cool *death stares being sent your way from the school gates*

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8. But honestly, they'll always be your baby

You have a special bond with them that absolutely nobody else has.

And even though there's years between you, you just get each other and will always be there for each other.

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There are millions of things siblings argue about: who's mum's favourite, who gets the last Wagon Wheel, and who is the smartest, funniest or most athletic sibling. 

Luckily, a team of expert researchers at the University of Edinburgh has answered one of the eternal familial questions.

If you are the oldest sibling, you officially have something to brag about because new research is suggesting that first-born children are actually smarter than their younger counterparts.

The research was based on IQ scores, which came out as overwhelmingly higher for older siblings.

A group of 5,000 children were monitored for the research, from the Journal of Human Resources.

Experts think that this may be because the first-born receives more mental stimulation from their parents, in comparison to their younger siblings.

Pity we couldn't find a way to outsmart our sister into not fleecing our wardrobes growing up.

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Beyoncé and Solange Knowles have become the first sisters in the world to both have number one albums.

The famous duo broke a new world record this week when Solange’s latest album, A Seat at the Table, took the Billboard Top 200 chart’s top spot.

After selling 72,000 copies in the first week, the work quickly became Bey’s little sister’s first No.1 album and in doing so allowed the Knowles’ to join Michael and Janet Jackson and Master P and Silkk The Shocker as the only siblings in the world to get their albums to the top of the charts.

Last week Queen B took to Instagram to congratulate 30-year-old Solange on the release of her new music.

The 35-year-old Texan wrote: “Congrats to my sister on creating this beautiful work of art.  I could not be more proud of you.”

Six of Beyoncé’s albums have already achieved chart-topping success.

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Taylor Swift already has #SquadGoals down to a fine art, but over the weekend she thought it was time to show off her #SiblingGoals.

On Friday, it was her brother Austin's 24th birthday and Taylor took to Instagram to celebrate.

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY AUSTIN!!!!! Thanks for 24 years of LOLs. @austinkingsleyswift

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Posting a super cute throwback snap, Tay captioned the pic: "HAPPY BIRTHDAY AUSTIN!!!!! Thanks for 24 years of LOLs. @austinkingsleyswift"

It was nearly as cute as when Austin threw out his Yeezy's to support his sister in her spat with Kanye.

 

Getting a head start on some spring cleaning. Here we go again.

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He took a bit of humour on with the caption, saying: "Getting a head start on some spring cleaning. Here we go again."

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Many of us have younger brothers, they are ridiculously irritating and we still wrestle into adulthood over the remote, but that’s love for you. Here are signs that you grew up with a younger brother.

1. You know the qualities you want in a man
If he’s not as kind and caring as your brother then he’s just not good enough.

2. You have to deal with inappropriate comments from his friends
Never gonna happen, move on.

3. He immediately forms an opinion on that guy you like, and he’s always right in the end
Don’t you just hate that…

4. “I’m telling my brother about this”
Big mistake breaking my heart mister, big mistake…

5. You hate any girls who have a slight interest in him
He was your baby brother before she started eyeing him up like a piece of meat, hands off lady.

6. You used to spend hours on end playing Xbox together
Even if you were useless, he still let you play and you had so much fun.

7. You deny the stupid things you do when friends are over
“Hey remember that time you made that really hilarious, ugly face…” “Uh that didn’t happen, god you are so weird sometimes.”

8. You’re distraught when his voice breaks and he starts growing facial hair
What is happening? Be a baby again please, this whole growing up thing just isn’t okay with me. 

 

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Oh brothers! You can’t live with them, you can’t live without them. They can be your greatest support system, your inspiration and your rock. As well as being total brats, smelly eejits and incredibly insensitive. But still, there are so many things every girl can learn from her brother. Like these!

1. That All Men Are A Child At Heart

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It doesn’t matter what decade of their life they’re in: they will still play video games, call you stupid and laugh at their own farts.

2. The Extent Of A Mammy’s Love

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In every Irish family it’s known that the daughter becomes more of a friend towards her Mother. You go with her to Aldi, help her with the laundry and gossip with her about the latest scandal. But for her little prince, she’ll use up all the food in the house to keep him fed and iron his pillowcases.

3. How To Give Powerful Dead Legs

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We’ve all been beaten up by our brothers. Whether it’s kicking, punching, wet willies, wedgies, dead legs or Chinese burns (is there a more PC term for that these days?!), it has happened to you. But what this teaches you is how to withstand pain. And get your own back…

4. How To Stay Grounded

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You’ve found out that you’ve exceeded your own expectations in your summer exams, you got a great job and life is pretty sweet. Brothers have their own special way of telling you: “I’m proud of you, but don’t get ahead of yourself.”

5. How To Eat Like An Absolute Pig

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If you have brothers, you know you need to get to the fridge first on a weekend, otherwise you'll starve. It's like they inhale everything…

6. The Honest Male Point of View

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Brothers aren’t afraid to tell you you’re acting batsh*t crazy. They’ll always offer you honest dating advice, give you a good insight into the male mind. 

7. When To Stop Whining

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No matter how hard your life seems your brother will have no hesitation in telling you to shut up. In all fairness, they usually only say this when your hair straightener breaks or you’ve run out of tan mid legs and are in floods of tears over these disasters. 

8. What’s “Hip”?

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Fact: You will never as cool as your younger brother. It seems that no matter what band you listen to or which social media website you engage with, they will always be one step ahead of you. When you do manage to impress them with your “hipness” they will pat you on back, leaving you a bit bewildered.

9. That It’s Not Just You Who Feels Their Family Is Insane

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They’ve attended every family event with you, have sat through numerous families dinners and have gone through all the rows with you. It’s good to know that you’re not the only one who thinks that aunt Emma is an absolute nut or uncle Karl is a sensational bore.

10. How To Deal With “Sharing” Your Food

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You’re lucky if your brother asks you “Are you going to finish that?” You’ll be sitting there, happily munching away on your dinner, merry with life until you look down to discover your plate has been conveniently moved over to where your brother is sitting.

11. That Boys Will Always Be Boys

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Even though there may be busts up, food stolen and you get teased day in-day out, we still love our brothers more than anything. After all, if you can’t beat them, join them.

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