The oldest children in families often have shared experiences about what it's like being the oldest child. Very often, they may say things like "Well, our kid brother/sister got away with stuff mom/dad would never let me get away with." Very often, it is said in jest or treated as just unimportant complaining.
For many, the argument of nature vs nurture comes up a lot, in that people question whether or not the nature of your birth or what follows really will shape your personality and life. However, many more people should ask about the birth order of you and your siblings. Studies show that has a drastic impact on the development of your personality.
My dad had never really been an easy person to get along with. Either he was upset all the time, stressing over the way things have been going with life in general: kids, money, bills, wife life, or whatever it was at that time; In his eyes, I always felt like a lesser person. I know now in my years of pondering what was, what is, and what could be..and WHY things are this way, I know he did everything in his power to make sure we were all taken care of. No matter the cost of self. He put all of his dreams and aspirations aside to make sure that the kids in this family were all fed, clothed, and supported. We made the best of what we had, and when things got rough, he was always there to make it right. Even though more times than less, it was all out of his pockets, and truthfully, ruined any chance of retiring for him.
Ahhhhhh, to be the parent of a 5-year-old AKA owning a miniature human being who has zero filter, hulk like mood swings, and lies better than most criminals. Sure, veteran parents warned me about the sleepless nights of newborns and the terrible tornado two's, but no one - not one of you -prepared me for the extremely complex and confusing fifth year of life. An age where a child lingers between baby and big kid. A time where your child can look at you, tell you he hates you and then accidentally poops his pants. No longer are his tantrums dramatic and easily curable, but now they are violent and almost demon-possessed like.