Being the lone sister among brothers is quite the ride. Our brothers made us play with Hot Wheels and GI Joe figurines. We ditched jumpers and hair bows and opted for gym shorts and oversized T-shirts. We were pegged by paintballs and run over by bikes.

As we got older, we learned how to deal with discovering that our friends had kissed our brothers. Our brothers were occasionally thorns in our sides, but they were also our partners in crime. They helped make us into the strong women we are.

Whether we initially realize it or not, being the lone female sibling of the family sneaks into our dating lives. Below, I’ve listed 10 ways my dating life — and likely the dating lives of other girls with brothers — has been affected by the structure of my family:

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