You don't get to pick your big brother, and he often likes to clap back that he didn’t pick you, either. Growing up in my big brother's shadow, I adored him and thought everything spewing from his mouth was gospel -- including his early claims that I was adopted.
Women with older brothers were groomed differently than those without. You can spot one of us a mile away: by our confidence, our sarcasm, our varying levels of crazy. And dating a woman who grew up with an older male sibling is unlike any other relationship match-up. For those of you who are new to this game, here's what to expect when you fall for a woman who was raised by wolves -- er, brothers.
To get through childhood, younger sisters develop thick skin. It's hard to pull off being crazy emotional when you live with "even-tempered" boys who shrug off pain of all kinds. Also, we've seen our brothers deal with crazy women and silently vowed to never be that girl. So, we aren't always the last to get ready. We don't nag. We're happy to go Dutch from time to time, and don't expect dates to be excessive or expensive. Dating a woman with an older brother ups your odds of having someone invested in you, not your trust fund.