Sisters and brothers are lovely, but you still should know how to get your little sister or little brother to shut up. When you get them to be quiet, you enjoy some calm and focus on whatever you are doing.
Growing up, younger siblings, nicknamed Motor Mouth, was always annoying. I loved her nonetheless, but she could be annoying most of the time. Moreover, we shared a room, and she will talk until I doze off.
The truth is that you can’t make your sister shut up, except you are going to duct-tape her mouth. Getting even your annoying big brother or sister to shut up can only worsen the situation. So, the best practice is to ignore or stay away from their sight.
Although you may be pissed, do not tell your brother or sister to shut up. If you are a teenager, your parents may not be OK with it. Meanwhile, a bigger brother or sister may react aggressively if you ask them to shut up.
How to Get Your Little Sister to Shut Up
This first section discusses how to get a sister to shut up (ladies first, you know). You may scroll down to read about shutting up a brother. When your sister is becoming too annoying and refuses to shut up, avoid the situation if you can. If you can’t condone further, below are the ways to get your sister to shut up:
Tell her you’re doing your homework
She may be aware that she’s annoying but refuses to hold back. Instead of giving in to her temptation, say politely that you are busy with your homework.
Do not seem pissed, but be polite while informing her that she’s giving you a tough time to focus.
You can say the following to your little or big sister:
Excuse me, sis. I must do my homework now
Sis, you’re making it difficult for me to focus on this homework, and it’s not commendable
Can we discuss this after I complete my assignment?
Look, I do not have the time for the conversation, as you can see. I have to complete my homework in the next few minutes.
We can talk later!
You can tell your annoying sister to save the story for later. Explain to her that you are not interested because you must concentrate on getting some work done.
If your little or big sister hesitates, insist that you are not interested in the topic. Suppose you are not doing the work immediately; start doing something else to keep her from boring you. She may not realize immediately that you are not ready for the conversation but will walk away, eventually feeling defeated.
Regardless of what your sister may say, do not respond harshly.
Ask Her a Difficult Question
If your little sister wouldn’t shut up, ask her a difficult question to force her to do some research. When I lived with my parents and siblings, asking my annoying sister difficult questions always shut her up.
If she attempts to find out the answer from me, I ignore and remind her that she’s supposed to find the answer.
If you reply to your sister or give her clues, it encourages her not to shut up, and she’ll continue pestering for the answer.
Use headphones, earbuds, or earplugs
If you have nothing to do and your sister would not shut up, wear your earplugs, headphones, or earbuds. Stream your favorite audios or videos online. Suppose you quarreled with your big sister, close your door, and lock up if possible.
When she finds that you have your ears covered, she feels defeated and would work away.
Make sure to get back to your sister unless she pissed your life out.
Give her some time
If your sister only needs your contribution to something and did not annoy you, give her some time. I understand that it’s your buy time, but you can spare about 15 minutes of the time.
However, you must time her and do not exceed the duration. Get your big or little sister to agree to the time and set a timer.
Give all the attention to her for a few minutes and remind her of the ticking or counting timer. Be precise with your responses and answer your sister’s questions to the best of your knowledge.
Send her to parents
Although you may owe your sister the attention, you did not give birth to her. If she demands the attention you can’t afford at the moment, refer her to your parents or relatives in the house.
However, if your sister is annoying you, ask her to meet your parents or any responsible adult to reconcile your differences. She might be bugging you for an apology, which you feel she doesn’t deserve.
If your parents refuse to intervene, you can convince your mom to accept to instruct your sister to leave you alone.
Leave the House
If you are a teenager, you can use your sister’s annoyance as one of the excuses for sneaking out of the house.
When your parents return, explain that you couldn’t bear the hurt of sharing the house with a boring sister.
How to Annoy Your Sister to Shut Up
Below are the annoying ways to shut your sister up:
Ignore, ignore, and ignore
If you had a fight with your sister, and she will not apologize (if she’s at fault), ignore her. You may report to your parents or a responsible adult to reconcile your differences.
Moreover, you can walk out on her or fake a phone call. Laugh out loud during the phone call and fake saying that you’re the happiest human at the moment. When your sister overhears you say, “You’re the happiest at the moment,” it shuts her up angrily.
Scream her away
You can scream your sister away, but do not hit her to avoid a fight. After screaming your sister off, ignore whatever she says, and she’ll shut up when she notices it.
You may add the following lines:
Gosh, you talk a lot, don’t you?
Where do you get all the energy to talk, talk, talk?
She will feel embarrassed and reluctant to say a word.
Tell her to see the doctor
To annoy your big sister to shut up, tell her to see the doctor. Add that if she doesn’t mind, you can help her call the doctor.
Make sure not to stand near her because she might hit you for hurting her with the statement. If she’s your big sister, do not tell her to see the doctor; it’s insulting.
Tell her you don’t care
Regarding how to get your sister to shut up, you can say that she is the least of her worries. By saying she’s the least of your concerns, you’re implying that you’re not moved by whatever she’s doing. It will annoy her; she’ll shut up and walk away.
Should You Get Your Sister to Shut Up?
No. Unless your sister deserves being muted, you should not get her to shut up. It is important to be patient, tolerant, kind, and compassionate to your big or little sister.
How Your Sister Feels When You Shut Her Up
While you get your sister to shut up, understand that you hurt her deeply, depending on circumstance. For instance, if you quarreled with your big sister, getting her to shut up forces her to rethink how she ended up your sister. She hates you and would keep important information from you unless you apologize, her fault or not.
After some minutes of shutting up a sister, talk to them and explain that you were unhappy. Promise to reconcile or listen to her next time instead of forcing her to shut up.
How to Get Your Little Brother to Shut Up
In the section above, we discussed how to get a sister to shut up. Now, this section explains what you can do to shut a an annoying brother up. Below are the ways to get your little brother to shut up:
Run an Errand
Get away from your sib brother by running an errand within or away from the house. Suppose your parents do not want you to go out, convince them to let you out. Make sure to invite your same-gender friend to persuade your parents to let you go out.
Some of the things you can do to get busy include sneaking up on cats, chasing squirrels, walking a dog, etc.
Pretend to Be Sick
You can pretend to be sick to get your little brother to shut up. Explain that you feel too dizzy to attend to him, and he’ll let you be.
He might even offer to do loads of works available in the house to please you while hoping you recover sooner.
Make sure not to inject, inhale, or swallow any substance to force sickness on you. Just fake it and look sad. If your parents notice the look, explain that you are keeping away from your brother to avoid disturbances.
Keep Him Away Humorously
You can use humor to keep your brother from disturbing or annoying you. Supposing your sibling says that your t-shirt is ugly, reply like:
It’s because I love them ugly. So, are you now pleased?
He might go away laughing or looking sad. But if he remains there, ask whether he would mind getting you new lovely t-shirts.
Whenever I had something serious doing, and my nosy little brother pops up, I limit the time so that he doesn’t overstay.
Typically, I make 10 minutes, and I refuse his attempts to extend the time. When we agree on the time, I enable the timer on my phone or watch as the clock moves.
While the time runs, be attentive and interested in whatever the has to share. You can play with him, read a book with him, and learn his new songs. Keep reminding him that the time is running out and that if he disobeys the time, you won’t welcome him next time.
Get Noise Cancelling Headphones
If your little brother is being noisy in a different room and won’t stop, get noise-canceling headphones to aid your focus.
However, if you are studying and it is difficult to study with music, you have to fix his problem. Does he want to share his new talent? Tell you about the school? Just listen to him for a few minutes.
Meanwhile, if you find missed calls, see the excuses for not answering your phone.
It’s not advisable to ignore your little brother, but if he deserves it, then give it to him. When you ignore, he’ll leave your room and would be annoyed.
Little brothers love attention, but they get pissed when no attention is given to them. Of course, he will shut up and focus on his activities or meet a friend.
Give Him Excuses
If your little brother doesn’t stop bothering you, give him excuses like having a project, helping a friend, etc. You can say to him that you are thinking about what to get them many years from now, and they will shut up and leave you.
You can tell your brother that your guardians or dad and mom said no talking.
Lock Your Door
Suppose your little brother won’t shut up, shut your door. It sends a message that you are not interested in what he has to say or his disturbance. He will either shut up or knock on the door. If you do not respond after a couple of minutes, he will leave.
Send Him to a Relative’s House
You can get your brother out of the house for a while. Convince your mom to let him stay with a relative while you complete your assignments or fix your project.
Is it OK to shut your little brother up?
It depends. If your little brother is being noisy while playing or wants you to give him attention when you are busy with studies or a school project, ask him to shut up. However, if your little brother is meeting you for the first time in the day to request help with an assignment or to sing a new song he learned, it is not OK to shut him up.
When should you talk to him?
After shutting your brother up, get back to them when you’re done meditating, satisfied with your studies, or resting from your project. Begin by explaining to him that it wasn’t possible to talk to them because you were busy. You can spice up his happiness by getting him some treats.
Perhaps the tips above can work on your little brother to get him to shut up. Over a thousand elder brother tried the tips above, including myself, and it works when shutting up a little brother.
Once your brother knows he can’t count on the special time with you without annoying or disturbing you, he will stop being a nuisance.
Finally, when you keep your word, talk to him, and listen even you promise to, he will love you even more for the attention.
Before you get your little or big brother/sister to shut up, make sure the odds are not against you. If she deserves to be heard out, give her the attention. Suppose she needs your apology, do not hesitate to apologize amidst the heat.
Finally, if you manage to feel comfortable after getting your big sister to shut up, endeavor to reunite or get back to her sooner.