September 6, 2013 / submitted by The Oracle, United Kingdom
As you may know, we have a weekly feature, Team Oracle, whereby each Friday we open questions of a personal nature to all of you to answer too. Then, the following Friday, I post a selection of the best answers, alongside my own reply.

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I think I'm a bit too envious of my older sister. She graduated high school with nearly perfect grades, goes to a great college where she met her "perfect" boyfriend, and she's all my parents, grandparents, and extended family can talk about. I'm still in high school, taking more advanced classes than my sister did, and my grades are pretty great, but not as great as hers. My parents don't seem to see how much more work I have than she did, and they blame me for not trying enough. I also have a boyfriend, someone I've been good friends with for longer than my sister has known her boyfriend. But my family never talks to me about my classes or my friends; all the chat revolves around my sister's successes. And due to this, I've been feeling more distant from my family. When my sister is away during the school year, our house is so quiet. Once she's home for the summer, I have trouble readjusting, and we get into arguments all the time. Sometimes I feel like I'm not a part of our family anymore, and it hurts. I always wanted to have that best friend relationship with my sister, but it seems impossible now. Any advice? Anon. USA.

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