When I was growing up there were several advantages to being the youngest child. I got to learn from my brother’s mistakes, my parents were more lenient towards me, and I always had someone to look out for me. But there were also many disadvantages to being the youngest in the family. The three biggest disadvantages to being the youngest in the family are being picked on, getting all the hand me downs, and always living in the shadows of your older siblings.
First of all, being the youngest of the siblings makes one very venerable to being picked on. For years I had to put up with my brother constantly making fun of me and the things that I enjoyed or things that I did. Anytime my brother would hear some music that I liked, he would always have something smart to say like “Oh Ryan only likes this band because he is too young and stupid to know anything better”. Another way he used to pick on me was by constantly punching and kicking me, and of course I was always weaker than him at the time so he was always better at fighting.
Secondly, the youngest one is always getting all the hand-me-downs. It seemed that all my hand-me-downs always be worn out. To make things even worse, most of the used clothes were out of style by the time I got them. Who wants to wear the previous year’s fashions? But the worst part of all was that they are clothes that I never would pick out in the first play, I felt like wearing hand-me-downs was like having someone else pick out your clothes for you.
Finally, the worst part of being the youngest child is living in the footsteps of older siblings. When I was growing up, I was always expected to achieve everything my brothers had, and more. If my brothers had set a record for our school’s football team when they were in high school, I was expected to live up to what my brother was doing in school. Even if my brother was a few years ahead of me in school, my parents would wonder why my school work seemed to be so much easier than my brothers, who was three grades ahead of me. As the youngest I was just constantly living in the shadows of my brothers.
So, in the end, there are many disadvantages to being the youngest child in the family. I have heard many people say that being the youngest is the best, but I have to disagree with that statement. The youngest has to put up with being bullied the most, getting all the hand me downs, and living in the shadows of the older siblings.