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15 Problems Only ‘90s Kids Who Grew Up With Siblings Would Understand

You'll feel bad for putting your parents through all these shenanigans.

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1. Giving an unplugged controller to the baby sibling who wanted to play video games with you.

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It may sound a little mean, but they had no clue what was going on anyway. You got to continue playing your game, they stopped crying and stared at the screen while mashing buttons -- everyone was happy.

2. Being annoyed when your sibling circled Waldo in Where's Waldo? books.

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It was like, hey, congratulations on finding Waldo, and also thank you so very much for literally ruining this book forever.

3. Arguing over what to rent from Blockbuster.

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The luxury of streaming services gives today’s toddlers access to a shit ton of entertainment. Hand a random three-year-old a phone and they’ll know how to navigate to Netflix's children's movie section and browse the options, no problem. In the '90s, you went to the video store to select movies or games, and what you left with were your only choices for the night. This led to a lot of bickering amongst siblings, who weren’t even likely to agree on whether you should go to Blockbuster or Hollywood Video, let alone which movie to rent.


5. Convincing your sibling(s) that they wanted something cheaper from the ice cream truck so you could get something more expensive, like Ninja Turtles and Sonic the Hedgehog bars.

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If your parents gave you and your sibling(s) a few bucks to get ice cream, you had to look out for your own taste buds, and persuading them to spend less so you could spend more was the best way to do that.

6. Fighting over the desktop computer.

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Most people back then didn’t have laptops or multiple computers, so there was one source of access to the internet. For those with siblings, the late '90s were a constant battle to hold the computer chair throne.

7. Fighting over the phone line because you wanted to use the telephone while someone was on the internet, or vice versa.

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In the dial-up internet days, you couldn't talk on the telephone while using internet because there was only one phone line. So, if your sibling wanted to use the phone, but you wanted to play Neopets online, there was bound to be a problem.

8. The heartbreak of finding out your sibling(s) taped over something you recorded.

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If you recorded something back then, it meant you really wanted to have it available, so few things were as disappointing as popping in a VHS tape, only to discover that your recording was gone and something your sibling had selfishly chosen replaced it.


9. Being forced to share Beanie Babies, Giga Pets, and Pokémon Cards with each other.

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Even if your parents forced you to share, there was an unspoken feeling that particular items belonged more to one person than others. It was as if you had full custody of the Pokémon cards, but only visitation rights for the Beanie Babies, or the other way around.

10. Accidentally hurting your sibling fighting over something dumb like pogs, then trying to calm them down so you don’t get in trouble.


This usually meant repeatedly saying "You're fine," or offering them an opportunity to hit you back.

11. Trying to wake earliest so you could have control of watching ABC's One Saturday Morning or Fox Kids.

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If you’d gone to bed immediately after TGIF aired the night before, you were probably in good shape to be the first one up.

12. Forcing the youngest sibling to be the villain and Alpha 5 when playing Power Rangers.

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Most wanted to be the red, green, or pink ranger, but somebody had to be the bad guy. The older you were, the more seniority you had on your younger siblings, and if you were the baby, well, you had no say in which role you’d play in any game, really.


13. Carrying the TV remote around with you so your sibling(s) can’t change the channel when you leave the living room.

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There weren't a bunch of portable electronic devices you could watch stuff on back then, so if you wanted to ensure that your show didn’t get turned off, these were the measures you had to take.

14. Watching stuff you weren’t as interested in because your older/younger sibling wanted to.


All it took was a small age gap for there to be a large discrepancy in TV preference. This could mean wanting to watch something not suited for toddlers like Are You Afraid of The Dark? but being stuck watching Blue’s Clues, Franklin, and Little Bear, or vice-versa.