Being the baby of the house never changes, no matter how old you get or how many of your own kids you have.
Being the baby of the house never changes, no matter how old you get or how many of your own kids you have. You will always be known as the youngest sibling; the baby; the one who needs protection from their older siblings.
And while there are certainly a few cons to being the youngest - always being compared to your older brothers and sisters for one - there are plenty more positives that make up for all of the negatives!
How many of these do you recognise:
- Someone always slips you a fiver because you never have any money
- You can dress like a million dollars without spending a penny thanks to your sister's packed wardrobe go to learn from the mistakes of your older siblings and make sure you don’t do them yourself.
- You get the best of both worlds – siblings to rob clothes off but also an empty house when they’re off travelling
- You are the favourite ‘cause you have yet to cause your parents any hassle
- You have plenty of siblings to drive you everywhere
- You had your pick of toys (although never got new ones yourself ‘cause Mum always said there were too many...)
- You have plenty of teachers for when you deiced it’s time to learn how to drive
- They pay your share of your dad’s birthday present.
- You find it easier to communicate with older people, which is only a good thing when it comes to finding your feet in the world
- Everyone always has plenty of advice (some of which you could admittedly do without)
- Your older siblings always got the blame for everything. Sure, you were too sweet and innocent to do anything wrong, right…?!
- There was always someone who had your back in school. Blood is thicker than water – even if you fought about who drank the last bit of milk that morning.
- You were always clued into what was trendy.
- You were considered the cool one by your friends simply by association (you knew the older boys - your brother's friends - in your year)
Written by Mary Byrne, Content Executive at Family Friendly HQ. Follow her on Twitter: @marybyrne321