In what ways are oldest children under the most behavioral constraints and family strictures, always
having to be ALWAYS PERFECT and ALWAYS HAVING TO WALK THE STRAIGHT and NARROW?
This may be an over-simplified answer, but I feel that first children are under the most behavioral constraints because they are naturally, as a first and only child to begin with, scrutinized by first-time parents, us wanting to do everything perfectly and paying way over-attention to every little thing they do. Then, when second and subsequent children come along, we put more behavioral pressure on them because we need them to be the "older" child, provide the most help to us as parents, and be good for us so we can manage our lives - assuming that because they are older, they are more capable of doing this at whatever age. As well, they still are our "first" child for many milestones and many stages that we have never been through before. Therefore, we again, scrutinize their actions and performances and by trying to do right by them, perhaps, over parent things that might resolve themselves without our over-interventions.
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