Being the youngest child in a family is the best

Being the youngest has perks that older siblings don’t get to experience



Being the youngest, you get perks that older siblings doesn’t always get.

Abby Steiger, Mill Valley News social media editor

Being the youngest child in a family is better than being the middle or the oldest child. Each child in the family is given a role. The oldest child is usually looked at as the “experiment” child, meaning the parents are experiencing everything for the first time with this child. The middle child is usually looked at as the “forgotten” one in the family or the “overlooked” one. Finally, the youngest child is looked at as the one that gets everything and gets the most attention because they are the “baby” of the family. Being the youngest child is the best because they get perks that the older sibling(s) didn’t have.

The perks of being the youngest child are endless. First, they never get blamed for anything because the parents often set the blame on the older sibling(s), or they say “they were only following your example.” The youngest child can also learn from the oldest sibling’s mistakes and remember not to do certain things that might set their parents off. Another advantage of being the youngest is that they get privileges the older sibling didn’t have at their age. For example, even if the oldest child wasn’t allowed to get a phone until they were 13, the youngest sibling often gets a phone around age 10 because the parents have more experience with it at that point. They are looked at as being more trusted compared to the older siblings because parents are more likely to trust something when they’ve been through it before with the eldest sibling.

Youngest children are also described as “spoiled” which is most definitely true. They never run out of clothes because they can get hand me downs from their older sibling(s) or they just take their clothes and wear them anyway. They also get more attention from their parents when their older sibling(s) go to college. The youngest sibling is spoiled because they are the parent’s last “baby” in the house so they often get whatever they want. Many would agree that being the youngest child is better simply because it is easier for them as the youngest, the older sibling(s) paved the road for them. 

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