I knew that when the time came for me to have my own children that I would want more than two kids. I would have been happy with five kids and I knew that I wanted them all close in age. This desire was totally influenced by my own childhood — with two brothers and a sister. My parents had all four of us in the span of five years. It wasn’t until I had my own kids that I realized how much work that was. But, for me, having one older and two younger siblings, all close to my age, was nothing but fun.
We played together, people would comment on how well behaved we were — and we’re all still close now.
We always tease each other when studies like these come out. Ones where science tries to point to what each age point is like. Older kids act this way. Middle kids have these issues. And now we’re hearing more about younger siblings and what they bring to the family table. Other than just being a constant source of annoyance.
If you’re on the fence over whether or not to have more than one child, this might help your decision. Also, if you’re a younger sibling yourself, this can be something that you forward to your older siblings because it’s going to feed your love for attention.