I don’t know if parents truly realize this, but I have noticed the different way they treat siblings and in my case older sister versus younger brother. Growing up I went to Racine Christian School from Kindergarten to Eighth grade, well my parents pulled my brother out right after his fifth grade to attend Bullen Middle School in Kenosha, a public school. This is just one way that my parents have shown I am there test dummy. My point is that the way they have treated me differently than my brother has made us both very different whether for the good or bad.
Through sports I had a common interest with my father while my brother is smart and into gaming he related more to my mother. All throughout my life my brother and I have been complete opposites due to the way my parents brought us up differently and in both our eyes we have seen it unfair. Besides our middle schools being completely different I played sports in middle school and high school while my brother did not. I always had to do chores when I was younger in order to keep my toys and to earn an allowance, my mother still cleans my brother’s room to this day and my father cleans up my brother’s dishes in his room.
Then I went all the way through with confirmation at my church, but my brother was pulled out early once again. I went to a regular public school while my brother has attended a technical public high school. Before I started driving I had to practice driving our lawn mower, my brother has had to cut grass once. I had to have a job as soon as I turned 16 to pay for my gas for the car my parents bought me, while my little brother just turned 18 and is just now having to work for the first time. At my skinniest in high school my mom was always getting on my case about what I ate, but my brother was not treated the same.
So in the end, my parents have not really paid too much attention to how differently we have been treated, but still to this day my boyfriend Anthony and I can see how I am treated very differently than my younger brother is by my parents. I have learned from this and I hope to not do this to my children because I feel I have better morals, values, and greater responsibilities than my younger brother has ever had when I was his age.