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The oldest child in very large families have NO CHILDHOOD. They are the ONES who raise the younger siblings, not the parents. Oldest children in very large families lead a life analagous to that of slaves and forced laborers, on 24/7/365.
You are fortunate indeed. Not very many large families are so emotionally healthy. I'm envious (in a good way, I just can't think of a more appropriate word)
You are so correct. Children in very large families have little or no parental attention. Older children are cast aside and neglected in favor of younger ones. Middle children are ignored. The only ones who "benefit" are the youngest children.
Lisa, I hear you! To all concerned, I have written a hub on this very subject, please check it out! Lisa, you have a son getting a Master's. You look so young, like you are in your 20s.
I'll read your hub. Thank you for the comment about my age. Today I needed to hear that more than anything.Thanks again.
I'll be reading,
That is so true. My mother came from a family of 10 children. She was the oldest and left home at 14 one of my aunts, who was the next oldest girl, raised the younger siblings. She had no childhood and is bitter to this day.