When you were a child or teenager, do you remember fighting with your siblings? If so (and I think we all do!), how did it affect you then? Does it still affect you? For many teen girls, it can make them moody, irritable, and affect the way they view themselves. It can also create an environment of hostility at home. While it is advised that parents do not get involved in their kids’ squabbles, parents should treat their children fairly. For example, “oldest” children often bear the brunt of responsibility in the family, even though this may be completely unintentional on the parents’ part. Oldest children often come to resent not only their parents, but the siblings who don’t have as much responsibility.
I have read about this study in various places this week, so thought it was worth sharing.