What was YOUR experience being THE YOUNGEST child in your family? Were you the FAVORITE/INDULGED child? Were you allowed to get away w/things that your oldest siblings COULDN'T? Did you have opportunities that your oldest/older siblings DIDN'T have? Do you consider yourself lucky in comparison to your oldest/older siblings? Are you more successful than your oldest/older siblings? Did your oldest/older siblings wish they were...….YOU?
As the youngest in the family, I've had quite an experience in my family. I was more indulged than my elder siblings, and i troubled them quite a bit.
Are you from a large/very large family? In large/very large families, youngest siblings are pampered & indulged while older children get the SHAFT. Youngest children in large/very large families have VERY LITTLE or NO responsibilities in comparison w/older children at the same or similar ages. Youngest children in large/very large families have CAREFREE childhoods & adolescence.
Children in large/very large families have UNEQUAL treatment. Oldest children are treated as slaves by parents & younger siblings. Middle children are all but ignored & fall through the cracks. Youngest children have IT MADE.
As the youngest, I was lucky in ways. Was I more indulged? Perhaps. But that was more tied to our changing economic condition. When my two oldest siblings were young our father was a tobacco farmer. My sister suffers embarrassment over helping in the fields. Forget that she was paid, money put in savings accounts for her and my brother. I have very early memories of dad and grandpa returning from the sale, arms laden with gifts as if it were Christmas.
My father was in banking by the time the next child was about four. A steadier and more dependable stream of cash, but not enough for affluence. There were still hand me downs for both that child, and me when I came along. The story is that sister shocked my parents over her joy at a new coat. The first new article of clothing she remembered receiving.
So. My dad was a farmer when I was born but due to my age, my only recollections are country fun. By the time I was old enough to notice clothes my father had purchased a business and we were well off enough to shop for clothes, our dresses were no longer hand made. We all benefited from changed circumstances. Yet our ages left us with different childhood memories. Heaven help my siblings begrudge me for the timing of our father's work endeavors.
In a family, when a child is born it is indulged by the family. Because of the difference in our ages, that meant my two older siblings emulated the behavior they saw in their parents and indulged me with them.
But, let's be fair. The first child had the closest relationship with the parents. That is enviable. The only boy had the special relationship with the grand parents. That is enviable. The middle sister had the personality that bullied its way to more than its fair share of resources. I guess that can be admirable. If viewed from the proper angle. I was babied as a child. That's enviable.
Every child has their place in the group dynamic. Neither is it the best, or worst position. Until one decides not to grow up and broods over how they didn't get this, while not accepting the value of what they did get.
by Grace Marguerite Williams 2 years ago
Which birth order do you feel THE MOST COMFORTABLE around? Which birth order do you FEEL CONTENTION towards? Which birth order are you in COMPETITION with?
by Grace Marguerite Williams 6 years ago
In what ways are large/very large families UNJUST, even INHUMAN to oldest/older childrenin the family, oftentimes depriving them of a normal childhood/adolescence that oldest/older children in small & medium families have & enjoy?In large/very large families, parents often abdicate...
by Marianne Sherret 3 years ago
Is the youngest child in the family always spoilt?
by DinoMommy 6 years ago
I'm just wondering what people thought about them....
by Janis Leslie Evans 7 years ago
How would you define sibling abuse?Is it minimized because most see it as just brothers and sisters fighting? I'm writing a hub about it and would like to know your opinions and experiences.
by Money Fairy 7 years ago
Do you think a woman with more than 8 children has a mental problem?Isn't it just a little insane to have so many children? Unless you are a gazillionaire how on earth could you afford so many children? And how much time would you really have to spend with them ?Just curious if anyone else thinks...
Copyright © 2022 Maven Media Brands, LLC and respective content providers on this website. HubPages® is a registered trademark of Maven Coalition, Inc. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners. Maven Media Brands, LLC and respective content providers to this website may receive compensation for some links to products and services on this website.
|HubPages Device ID||This is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.|
|Login||This is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.|
|HubPages Traffic Pixel||This is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.|
|Remarketing Pixels||We may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.|
|Conversion Tracking Pixels||We may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.|