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People are mean because my brother is different

Siblings tell us that people are sometimes mean about their brothers and sisters. This might be because they look different or behave differently to other people. It upsets siblings when people are mean, even if it’s because they don’t understand.

Some things you can do if people are mean about your brother or sister


Talk to a parent or teacher if people are being mean about your brother or sister at school.


Walk away if people are saying things to try and upset you.


Ask if you can talk to your class at school about your brother or sister and what makes them special to you.

If I hear people being mean, I start talking to my mum or brother about something else. It helps if I can distract myself.

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School life can be tough at times especially if pupils and teachers don’t understand what it’s like for siblings.

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Need some information or advice? You can ask our sibling advisor any question about sibling issues.