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How to get your younger siblings to listen

Pretending to get your parents involved may help

Pretending to get your parents involved may help you get a younger sibling to listen to you. Photo Credit: Kidsday staff artist / Jean Yoo, Jericho

Do you have younger siblings? Do they listen? Probably not. Here are four ways to get your siblings to listen:

OFFER A TRADE Younger siblings will fall for this easy trick. Is there something you want from them? Well, point out the bad qualities of the thing that you want. Then make up believable but amazing things that your thing (that you don’t want anymore) can do. For example, let’s say that you have a blue pen. You want the purple one that your sister has. You say that the blue pen looks prettier or more sparkly. Then you say you can see scratches on the purple pen (the one that you want). Then she will most likely want that blue pen. Ta-da! You get what you want. That is one of the best ways, and guarantees 98 percent success.

FAKE “TELLING” This can work in two ways. Your younger sibling won’t listen? Fake telling is easier. Do you have a phone? If you do, then take it and pretend to call your parents and tell them that your sibling isn’t listening. Then the sibling will basically bow down at your feet. This method has 99 percent satisfaction guaranteed.

ASK NICELY This one is a reach, but I’m suggesting it anyway. If you are very nice, there is a chance.

SHORT, SWEET AND TO THE POINT This is the hardest, yet most efficient. You mix all methods into one short but hard-to-perform method. This method combines little pieces of all four methods together into one small method. Here’s an example: You suddenly become nice to your sister. You offer her a trade of work for something you want. If your sibling refuses, then pretend to call your strict parent.

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