Rule #1: Never be the last one home on a busy day
Benefit: No one will call and ask you to pick up stuff on your way home.
Rule #2: always eat your favorite part of the meal first
Benefit: if you save the best for last, you won’t get to eat it; someone else will steal it off of your plate.
Rule #3: Always keep earplugs close to your bedside
Benefit: When your younger siblings decide to play DDR at 11PM, they won’t keep you awake.
Rule #4: Rise up early in the morning.
Benefit: You may snag some precious alone time. Also, with no one else awake, you won’t have to split the last bagel. It’s all yours.
Rule #5: Your clothes are not yours. They belong to the greater good. Also, your siblings’ clothes are not theirs. They also belong to the greater good.
Benefit: You may never see your favorite white cami again, but you may discover that you have clothes in your closet that you never actually purchased.
Rule #6: When people find out there are a lot children in your family, most of them will ask you if you are Catholic. Get over it.
Benefit: Stereotypes of large families will begin to roll off your shoulders like drops roll off a rain coat.
Rule #7: Make friends with boom boxes, ipods, and so forth.
Benefit: you will need them on those rare days when the house is too quiet for comfort.
Rule #8: Learn to laugh at spilled drinks, muddy carpets, and broken glasses. They aren’t going anywhere.
Benefit: You’ll learn that, against popular opinion, quantity can sometimes be better than quality.
Rule #9: Make others outside of your family part of your family
Benefit: “The more the merrier” takes on new meaning.
Rule #10: When faced with the choice of having a double bed or single, choose the double.
Benefit: You’ll be prepared when someone wants to snuggle.