SPEAK UP: Are Sibling Relationships Really Invincible?

By now, most of us have seen the disturbing tape of Solange and Jay Z. Some of the fuss, following the release of the tape has been over Beyoncé's stoic reaction. There has also been voiced concern about the sibling relationship between Solange and Beyoncé after all of the fallout. With that in mind, we wanted to provide a description of siblings by American author Erica E Goode stating, “Sibling relationships - and 80 percent of Americans have at least one - outlast marriages, survive the death of parents, and resurface after quarrels that would sink any friendship. They flourish in a thousand incarnations of closeness and distance, warmth, loyalty and distrust.” As a sibling to an older brother, this week’s quote really resonates with me. Siblings outlast many things…fights, friendships, and even physical abilities. What do you think about this week’s quote?

What are your thoughts about this week’s quote? If you have a sibling (or wish you had one), how do you experience your relationship with them? Are sibling relationships really invincible…do they outlast most trials and tribulations? What strength (or lack thereof) do you get from your sibling relationship(s)?
 

I have two older sisters and I must say that we have been through a lot over the years. We may argue and fight sometimes, but we all love each other. Growing up they were always there for me, giving me advice and helping me out with a lot of things. I've learned so much from them. Being the youngest sibling, I have always looked up to my older sisters. They're the reason why I'm the woman who I am today. Siblings may bicker and fight sometimes, but the love and support that they have for each other will never go away. - Kendria (Editorial Intern)
 
Sibling relationships can withstand anything, if you actually try to build and withhold a strong bond. Life's many struggle put your sibling relationship and every other relationship you have on trial every single day, but at the end of the day, your sibling is going to be the one that helps you with your problems and shares your excitement even when they are mad at you and that is indispensable. Siblings are a support system that can survive the worst of battles. It just takes the love and understanding that we are blessed with to win the fight. – Marianna (Sports Reporter)
 
As an only child, I wish I had an older sibling! Especially from watching the movie Frozen, I believe that a sibling relationship lasts more than any other type of friendship. I've definitely known some siblings who've become estranged due to their childhood memories, but I've also known some who grow close after one moves away. It all depends on the situation, really!  - Veronica (Culture Reporter)
 
I think often times I don't give my four brothers enough credit. I know that if no one else has my back they certainly do from the oldest to the very youngest. The love I have for my brothers is unwavering no matter how many pointless fights and petty arguments we get into. Second to my parents, they teach me how to love unconditionally, any guy trying to get to me has to go through them first. #SideEffectsOfBeingTheOnlyGirl. At the beginning and then end of the day, I love mi bredda dem no matter what! – Aja (Fitness Reporter)
 
I have three younger brothers, so my experience with them is anything but calm. We argue, we yell, we even swing in the heat of the moment, but that's what siblings do. You turn on each other and then forget why you were angry in the same day. I think they are invincible. When times are tough, most people can turn to their siblings for help or support. Sometimes trials last longer than a day, even longer than a decade. But in the end, you know that when you are on the edge of losing it all your siblings will attempt to help when everyone else has gone. My weakness that I get from my brothers is my lack of patience. I am a short fuse when it comes to my brothers and that attitude has turned into my general demeanor. Siblings know what buttons to push and can really make you insane! – Renee (Hair Reporter)

This quote definitely sums up siblings in the most truthful way! Being a younger sibling to an older sister, my experience with my sister --  i'm convinced is one of the strangest yet weirdest sibling-ships there are. lol.  My sister and I are like day and midnight. Both of us are what seem to be in no way, shape, or form compatible, but for some reason we have a bond that is unbreakable. We both have endured our fair share of trials and tribulations both personally and together, but despite this and our "sometimes" lack of consistent communication with one another... we know one thing, and that is we have a sisterly bond that could never be broken. The sisterhood we share is understood and doesn't need to be explained. - Jazmin (Music Reporter)
 
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Nicole Johnson Roberson, LCSW is continuing her mission to provide ethical, creative, and clinically based therapeutic support to today’s youth. She delivers clinical direction through articles that address various mental health concerns and provides education and information about community resources. Nicole has also been involved with other aspects of TEEN DIARIES including the formation of Dear TD (formerly Dear Nicole) and Project Butterfly. Originally from the Washington D.C. metropolitan area, Nicole currently resides in Atlanta, GA and provides confidential, clinically sound and creative services to youth and adults alike by serving as the clinical director of a small medical solutions company and through her own private practice. The proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc. Nicole is also a doctoral student at the Institute for Clinical Social Work in Chicago, Illinois.