well of course this is going to be different for every child and family, but personally. I loved it. I am the oldest child of 5 and while I got in exponentially more trouble than the others, I loved having the role of being "the oldest". It has pushed me to be successful in school and driven to succeed in everything else for that matter. The fact the the younger siblings spent more time together was fine for me because I was able to focus on what I wanted!