Being the youngest one…
Being the youngest of all siblings comes with its own set of privileges. They are the most pampered kid of the family, and can get away with anything and everything. The elder siblings are always there to protect them, and entertain their whims and fancies. Money is never a problem, considering they manage to extract a good amount from all the earning members of the family. They are mocked for being the parents’ favourite (and they love this!), and get all the special attention of the family. Most importantly, by the time they grow up, all the strict rules that were followed by their siblings have either vanished or being toned down. These perks make their life easier, no doubt!
But only the youngest ones understand that the downfalls of this deal. Before you start thinking the youngest ones have it all, let’s shed some light on points (aka logical reasons) that justify that it is not all rainbows and sunshine. Here are seven struggles that only the youngest kid can relate to…
You always remain a kid
No matter how much you grow up (18, 38, or 88), you always remain a kid for your family members. They are always concerned about your safety and security, especially when it comes to late nights. They can never fathom that you have actually grown up and can take care of yourself. In fact, you will always keep on listening to your childhood stories about how naughty and innocent you were. Your entire life boils down to the fact that you were, are, and will always be a sweet kiddo. Period.
You are always insulted
Your siblings leave no chance to insult and embarrass you with weird nick names. You dread calling your friends (don’t even think about boyfriends or girlfriends) at home thinking your siblings would create a scene in front of them. The word ‘respect’ never exists in your sibling’s dictionary and you long for the day when they will treat you like a respected, mature member of the family. And by chance, if you give a fitting reply to any of their comments, you get the tag being rude and disrespectful. Let’s accept it—life’s unfair, sometimes!
What about clothes, books and toys?
Have you ever wondered what it feels like wearing your sibling’s ‘used’ school blaze every year and never getting to buy one for yourself? The same applies to all their clothes. Can someone think about latest fashion trends, please?
What about the scraped books that no longer looks interesting? The toys that have been already toyed countless times, and are inherited to you? Only youngest ones can feel the agony of using the stuff that belonged to their brothers and sisters!
When anything goes wrong
It’s an unwritten rule that whenever something goes wrong (think broken crockery, misplaced mobile, missing keys, et al), the youngest one has to be blamed for it. But why? The siblings use them as a scapegoat, and don’t even ask them once before doing it. Not to mention, the parents consider the younger ones careless and irresponsible. Sigh!
Who says the youngest ones only face struggles at home! Their school life has its own set of challenges. They are always, remember always, compared to their siblings. Most of them have listened, “Your elder sibling was such a good student”, at least once by their teacher. You are always referred as their younger brother or sister. In fact, teachers recognise you by your sibling’s face, like you never had your own identity.
You are your sibling’s slave
This one is the most relatable. You have to abide by your sibling’s demands; else they have the power to make your life hell. They can snatch television’s remote from you any time, blackmail you with your baby pictures, threaten to hide the play station, spill your secrets, or simply punch you…the list the endless. Who says being the youngest is a cake walk, eh? Is there something called the youngest sibling rights or association?
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