Benefits to Being the Oldest Sibling


Benefits to Being the Oldest Sibling

People generally think that being the younger sibling is “better” and “more fun.” Parents are more lax with their second child, having raised the first child and seeing the pros and cons to their parenting style. Over-protective on the first child? Ease up a bit on the second. Trust the first child enough? Certainly trust the second. But, there are definitely big pay offs to being the older sibling, and the best thing is getting to be in a role model position.

The older sibling gets the blessing of having the younger one look up to them. It’s imperative for the older sibling to model him or herself in a positive, goal-oriented manner. The parents will be very pleased with their older child. Effectively, the younger child wants to be just as perfect, if not better. He or she will take after the older sibling and they too, will grow up to make their parents extremely proud.

The older sibling also has the ability to steer their younger sibling away from danger and rough obstacles that aren’t necessary. If they see their younger brother or sister acting too close to getting arrested, they have the strongest influence to help turn them around.

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