I happen to be the youngest of a large family, with my full siblings and step siblings there is a total of 8. Growing up, there were five kids in one house; it was chaos. Over the years though, I learned that being the youngest is pretty great. I got to learned from everyone else, which I feel made me a better person. So, here are some ways to deal with being the younger sibling, because it doesn’t always seem like the best.
1) Don’t be jealous.
Everyone grows up and gets to do different things, but as a young kid you constantly want to be involved in whatever your older siblings are doing. The upside to this is that when it’s your turn to do whatever it is you wanted to, you’ll know whether or not you actually want to. Basically, you won’t make as many mistakes.
If anything, older siblings are probably more jealous of their younger siblings than vice versa. Probably because older siblings always think the younger ones are spoiled, even if we aren’t most of the time.
2) Accept help when offered.
Older siblings experience everything first. They have more knowledge about life and growing up than the younger ones. So when a time comes where they offer you help with anything at all, or advice, accept it and listen carefully to what they have to say. Sometimes you won’t like what they have to say, or won’t agree, because older siblings aren’t always right; but most of the time they are.
3) Love them no matter what.
When I was a young child I remember how two of my sisters basically hated each other, refusing to even share the same room. Me and my brother also did not get along at all. We weren’t even allowed to sit beside each other at the table. Now though, we all get along so well it’s hard to imagine we ever acted like that. I think that a lot of the time where I’d get angry or sad was because I felt left out. Many people think that the youngest is always the one who gets the most attention, but with five kids (plus the occasional three) , it wasn’t always the case. Sure, I’ll admit that sometimes I did get more (though I think I only believe that because that’s what my sisters say), but for the most part I always just wanted to hang around with my older sisters, and they wouldn’t let me. We would always say we hated each other, but never mean it. We knew we loved each other, and that is what’s important.
Even though being the youngest has it’s ups and downs, so does ever other position in a family. As long as everyone is happy, everything will turn out okay. One last tip, don’t act like a spoiled brat, because then it will be true when they call you that. And they will, trust me.