It seems that in regards to the issue of siblingship, the oldest child in the family tend to get the shaft. He/she is often discarded and/or benignly neglected at the birth of younger siblings. He/she is treated more harshly by parents and even punished for the things younger siblings do. He/she oftentimes have the shortest childhood. In some families, oldest children have NO CHILDHOODS, it is spent raising younger siblings. He/she must be AN ADULT before he/she is ready. In essence, the oldest child has QUITE A HELLISH existence in the world of siblingship.