What are the advantages of an older sibling?
You can also answer if your the middle or youngest sibling.
Neither of the above but knew of many people, including my mother an aunt, & a first cousin once removed who were oldest/older sibling. The oldest/older sibling is the one that the younger/youngest siblings look up to for advice & guidance. The oldest/older sibling is the one who is the example setter for younger/youngest siblings to emulate. If the oldest/older sibling errs, the younger siblings learn from the mistake & most likely aren't going to do what the oldest/older sibling does.
Oldest/older siblings teach younger/youngest things that parents can't, don't, or won't teach. They will also tell the latter things that parents won't tell. There is more of a generational bound between oldest/older & younger/youngest siblings than it is between parent & child.
Oldest/older siblings have weathered difficulties so that younger/youngest siblings will have a much easier time. They are there when the youngest/younger siblings need them. They are the strong ones that youngest/younger siblings go to. They are viewed by younger/youngest siblings is the strength of the family- the fixer upper & the responsible one.
Oldest/older siblings are seen as being powerful, even authoritative by younger/youngest siblings who admire the former's leadership ability. Younger/youngest children feel powerless so they want the power that oldest/older siblings have. Oldest/older siblings have the status that younger/youngest siblings want.....even crave.
Oldest/older siblings are adults in the eyes of younger/youngest children. To younger/youngest siblings, oldest/older siblings can do things that they aren't allowed to. Oldest/older siblings can date, stay out late, & do other adult things that younger/youngest siblings cannot &/or aren't permitted to do.
Oldest/older siblings also bear the brunt of the familial responsibilities so the younger/youngest siblings won't have to. They also bear the brunt of the discipline & punishments for what the younger/youngest siblings do with the note that the former should know better since they are the older ones.
I have to agree with that, because my first daughter has more pictures. I didn't realize that until my second child brought it to our attention. Hummm interesting you know that about first-borns. :-)
I asked my mom about the lack of photos of me as a baby too. I was second. She put it down to not having as much time. I think the novelty had just worn off.
:-) Cecelia, second children might be more alert than their parent, when it comes to making sure that her second child have just as many pictures as the first-born once the time comes for them to have children.
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