While you are growing, you are always going to be younger and smaller than your older brother or sister. You will not be ‘big enough’ or ‘old enough’ yet to do all the exciting things that your older sibling can do.
What it is like to be ‘the baby’ of the family.
These are some things that the younger ‘sibs’ have said.
She’s always telling me what to do.
I never get the new stuff.
I always have to watch her play sport and it’s boring.
He gets to stay up later.
She gets to sleep over at friends’ places and I don’t.
You may feel that your older brother or sister gets more things, gets more privileges… and shouldn’t be ‘the boss of you’.
What to do
Talk to your parents and your older siblings. Let them know how you feel and see if you can work things out together.
What’s good about being younger?
Of course there are advantages in being the youngest.
You have more experienced parents.
You have someone to help you.
There are lots of toys around for you to play with.
Being the youngest - is it a problem?
Youngest children might be lucky if they get lots of attention from parents and their other siblings. Sometimes this can cause problems.
Younger children may
rely too much on older siblings
become too demanding of older siblings
expect to get their own way all of the time
sulk when they don’t get immediate attention
not show respect for the belongings of older siblings
want to tag along with older siblings and their friends.
Being the youngest in a family can be really good because you have older brothers and sisters to take care of you as well as parents.
Remember that they need to hang out with their friends sometimes, just like you do. Don’t be a ‘shadow’, live your own happy life.