There are two kinds of parents in the world – one, who say they love all their children equally and second, liars.
No parent loves their children equally; bias exists. They tend to see sibling relationship in different light, which is a fact.
Where in some scenarios, the elder sibling receives favouritism, on other instances, the younger one reaps the fruits of the seeds they sow (…or not).
Here we look at several such situations, where parents’ bias towards their kids is highlighted –
PARENTAL BIAS WITH THE OLDER SIBLING
1. Sure, the older one got attention when he/she was the only child, but when the younger one comes along, parents make them the centre of the household.
2. The younger ones tend to get away with most of their mistakes. In turn, parents blame the older sibling for not being the responsible one, EVEN IF THE YOUNGER ONE IS AT FAULT!!
3. The younger sibling never runs out of clothes. Parents store their first born child’s clothes which they ‘pass on’ to their second/third/fourth born…
4. The older one does not get as much freedom as the younger. Blame it on the change in time, which brings alteration in culture. Nevertheless, the younger sibling gets to enjoy more than the older one.
5. The younger one is also spared of all the household chores like buying groceries or paying the bills. As the responsible one, the older sibling has to manage them.
PARENTAL BIAS WITH THE YOUNGER SIBLING
1. The younger ones suffer technologically because when parents buy a new gadget, the older one gets to operate it. Parents see the younger sibling as a “flight risk” in terms of technology.
2. The older ones are often projected as the role model for the younger sibling, provided that the former has accomplished more and is renowned more than the latter.
3. The younger sibling finds it annoying when their safety reins are handed over to the older one, which is what every parent does. The younger one has to listen to the elder one.
4. Regardless of the topic, the suggestions that the older sibling provides is taken into account even if the younger one’s theory makes more sense.
5. Parents laugh it off when the older sibling easily embarrasses the younger one in public, especially in front of their friends.