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This is de rigueur in the lives of oldest children in large to very large families. Oldest child is no longer child but parentified.
What you are said is so true. Parents see the oldest child as mature and more responsible thus they believe that the latter doesn't need them as much so they are cast aside to either fend for themselves or watch the younger ones(if a large family).
Yes, many oldest children are quite disposable in large families. They are either cast aside for the younger ones or they are forced to be surrogate parents. In families of 2 children, oldest children receive individualized parental attention.
The bigger families I've seen, they turn out to be surrogate parents.
Yes in large &very large families, oldest children RAISE their younger siblings.One can say THEY are PARENTIFIED children.Oldest children in large families have NO childhood(written a hub on this subject, please check it and read, iburmaster!)