What is the FIRST thing that comes to mind when you hear the words.....................OLDEST CHILD
IN A SMALL FAMILY?
Spoiled, over bearing, jealous, etc. The oldest normally has gotten the most attention from the entire family from being the first born. Everything this child does is documented, several pictures/videos are taken. By the time the second child comes around, the newness has worn off and the parents are already use to having a child. Therefore, the second child is not as doted on as the first.
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I didn't see this among my associations w/oldest children in small families. They're warm &loving re: their younger siblings-IN MOST cases.Yes, FEW are jealous.This behavior is more prevalent among oldest in large families-THE VENOM COMES OUT!
Oldest child means, the person who is responsible for taking care of everything. For example I am the oldest child of my parents. I have to take responsibility of my family..
All great answers. The oldest child in a small family(2 children) have a glamorous role. He/she is the hip/cool older sibling that the younger sibling wish to emulate. He/she, although the oldest, is still a child and have a normative childhood & adolescence. He/she, although told to be the more mature one by parents, is not constantly inundated to ALWAYS be ON 24/7/365 like his/her counterpart in a large family(6 or more children) to be THE ADULT, THE PARENT.
Oldest children in small families are allowed to explore & enjoy their childhood. They are also treated on an equal parity with his/her younger sibling. They AREN'T cast aside like oldest children in large families are. They are given individualized attention & love by their parents who view them as human beings, not servicepeople. They are even indulged by their parents. It is not unusual for oldest girls in small families to be idolized & adored by their parents in opposition to oldest girls in large families who are ignored & unnoticed until they are called into service of their parents & younger siblings. Oldest children in small families AREN'T parentified children.
Pablo Picasso. He was able to be creative and playful as a child all is life.
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