Equal/Unequal Treatment in Families

  1. gmwilliams profile image85
    gmwilliamsposted 5 years ago

    In the majority of families, children are treated in accordance to birth order.  Birth order dynamics play an important part as to how children are treated by their parents.   Birth order determines whether a child will be pushed aside & forced to grow up quickly, be overlooked/ignored/lost &/or be showered w/attention.   Besides birth order, family size is also influential as to whether children will be get the individualized attention they need to flourish.  In small families, children receive parental attention & love while in large families children don't receive parental attention & love & are often neglected.  Also, children in large families are likely to be abused by their parents.  Thoughts?

  2. Kyler J Falk profile image90
    Kyler J Falkposted 4 years ago

    I'm not sure if I am the best individual to offer a look into this topic, but I'll add my two-penny worth anyways. I grew up in a diverse family. My family was diverse because my father cheated on my mother, they divorced, she remarried, and my father hopped from family to family with each woman he was courting. I have two half-brothers from my mother and my stepfather and an extended family so large they aren't worth listing individually from my stepfather's side.

    My mother was a successful something or other with AT&T wireless for most of my life, and as such I rarely saw her. When I did see her it was usually her choking me or telling me why it was I had to listen to my stepfather. When my first brother was born he had some health issues, everyone seemed to be disappointed with him and even further disappointed with me for not liking that my mother had bred with a man other than my father. When my second brother was born the disappointment in all of us only became worse while the beatings and verbal abuse increased.

    Conversely I've witnessed families with three+ children, and most of those families function quite well regardless of stimuli applied to the family. This leads me to surmise that it isn't the number of people in the family, it is the adults within the family being unable to provide as they need to. Provide meaning emotional support, because even absent parents who are working often have children who love them and feel loved by the absent parent.


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