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The curse of the eldest child

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Who’d be a first born?   They are trailbreakers always leading their parents into new ground.   First to be toilet-trained.  Tick   First to be left with a babysitter. Tick   First to go to school. Tick.   First to move into adolescence. Tick.   First to leave home. Not necessarily. (It’s middle-borns who tend to leave home first)   At every stage of development their parents are breaking their teeth on them. Parents are stricter with the rules and demand higher standards of behaviour from first borns than children in any other birth order position. It’s little wonder that every subsequent child in the family should write them a letter to the eldest sibling thanking them for breaking their parents in.   They may blaze a trail for their parents but they are not life’s great risk-tak...(sign-up as a member to continue reading this article)

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