What are the MAIN sources of contention that parents have with their OLDEST children?
I think it is to do well in school by setting an example for siblings, being responsible to others including siblings, and having a good attitude about personal and life events.
(1) Expecting their children to be as adult-like as early as possible. Oldest children are pressured to be adults at early ages. They must be mature beyond their chronological years . They've to be the MATURE ONES in the family.
(2) Pressuring their children to be perfect or as near perfect as possible. Oldest children don't receive any quarter when they make mistakes or fall short of the mark. They aren't forgiven when they make mistakes. They're told that they should know better since they're the oldest.
(3) Being the example to their younger siblings. Oldest children must be the example setters. After all, it's reasoned that all eyes are upon.....them. They really can't be true individuals. They've to present that image which siblings can emulate.
(4) Being responsible. Oldest children must be responsible at an early age. Childhood? No not for you(imitating the Soup Master on Seinfeld)! Oldest children DON'T have a childhood. Their childhood is filled w/responsibilities. They're giving most of the responsibilities of the family. In some families, they are THE PARENTS instead of the actual parents. To paraphrase the song in Annie, it's a hard knock life, it's a hard knock life!
(5) Being expected to put needs last. Oldest children are expected to be for everyone else. It isn't unusual for oldest children to be on 24/7/365. Yep, oldest children's purpose are to be in service to their parents & siblings. Oldest children have no individual lives of their own. They're even admonished if they assert their needs. Remember, the story of Cinderella, well that's the life of many oldest children!
(6) Expected to be rough & tough, being strong & not needing anyone. Oldest children are hugged less than the other children in the family. They're deemed not to need affection as they are "big boys" &/or "big girls". If they express the need for affection, they're told to stop acting babyish & GROW UP!!!
by Grace Marguerite Williams 4 years ago
What are the main bases of contention that oldest children have with their families?
by Penny Godfirnon 10 months ago
If your were the oldest child in your family were you given huge responsibilities?Were you given responsibilites beyond your years and were you able to accomplish them or did you suffer from failing your parents!
by Grace Marguerite Williams 10 months ago
Why do oldest children tend to be cast aside and not paid sufficient attention inmultichild families?
by jagandelight 10 months ago
Do you think an only child is better off more than they are with siblings?
by Cindy Lawson 5 years ago
How many children do you think is too many to have?There is a woman on the island where I live who survives only on benefits and now has 14 children. She openly admitted she got jealous when her 16 year old daughter got pregnant last year. The Husband left her a couple of years back, and most of...
by nanderson500 6 years ago
Would you rather be the oldest child, in the middle, or the youngest?
Copyright © 2018 HubPages Inc. and respective owners. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners. HubPages® is a registered Service Mark of HubPages, Inc. HubPages and Hubbers (authors) may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others.
|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.|