4 Reasons Why Being the Youngest Is Not All Dandy

1. Parents lose interest

I’ve seen a number of parents with their firstborn, and there is a vast difference when it comes to how my relationship was with my parents. With the first child, everything is new and everything is wonderful. While the child learns everything about the world so do the parents learn much about children and by the time they get to the fourth there is more of a sense of dread as they foresee the sleepless nights, early mornings for school, and the much-dreaded math homework.

2. Parents can’t wait for you to grow up

Parents and children will always have the complex equation of age. While a child grows from a baby to a toddler, the parents slowly approach their old age and with each child their enthusiasm and energy towards their child’s antics keep decreasing. It’s not their fault but just the course of nature.

3. Siblings become parents

In my personal experience there have been many times when my siblings have played a parental role in my life than our parents. Whether it was a school performance or a school achievement, the face in the crowd was of my sister or my brother and the expectation remained so.

4. You’ll always be considered a child

It’s something you might have heard countless of times by many people but cliches are cliche for a reason. As the youngest you will always be considered as the less experienced, protected and fragile. While the first is a fact the latter two are again a natural feeling an older person feels towards someone younger, whether its your parents or a sibling.

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Aamnah Mansoor

Aamnah Mansoor

I'm a 22 year old trying to make sense of this outlandish world.