The Trials And Tribulations Of Being The Youngest Child

OK, there were a lot of perks too.

1. Being the baby of the family can be pretty great…

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2. Your best weapon to combat your older siblings was being cute for your parents and you knew it.

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3. Although you learned over time that using this strategy was not the best…

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4. Because the more you were babied…

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5. …the more you were picked on.

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6. You developed a good sense of humor from an early age.

“The youngest child in any family is always a jokemaker, because a joke is the only way he can enter into an adult conversation.” — Kurt Vonnegut

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7. You got instant “cool” points for hanging out with older kids.*

*Even though your mom made your older sibling include you.

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8. You knew all the cool music before everyone else.

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9. Did you feel more sophisticated than your friends?

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10. The more your siblings wanted nothing to do with you, the more you wanted them to like you.

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11. Seriously, you were probably the most annoying thing your sibling ever met.

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12. You just really wanted to be like them.

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13. Your closet had its fair share of hand-me-downs even when you weren’t quite big enough to fit in them.

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14. But sometimes this meant that you’d look and feel cooler than the other kids.

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15. You desperately tried to keep up with your siblings, more than often failing miserably.

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16. But it did make you try harder and you could eventually do things in your own way.

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17. You often got talked into doing stupid things, hoping it would make you “cooler”…

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18. You never did.

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19. Basically, you believed most of anything your older siblings told you.

You would even believe ice was the ultimate enemy if the words came from them.

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20. Always the Robin, never the Batman.

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21. When you started going to the same school, you were kind of an embarrassment…

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22. But you always knew they had your back.

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23. You were actually pretty confident going into school since you knew most of the teachers and your way around.

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24. You got blamed for a lot of things.

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25. Let’s be real though, you got away with most stuff.

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26. How could you not?

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27. You actually got away with a lot more than your siblings.

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28. Your sibling sneaking back in after curfew:

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29. You: “What’s a curfew?”

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30. This laissez-faire attitude sometimes led to being forgotten from time to time.

But you were always remembered eventually!

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31. Overall, being the baby of the family was pretty great.

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32. Especially when you began to form more of a “united front.”

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33. Your siblings were pretty patient when teaching you some of life’s most harrowing basics.

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34. And were always there to comfort you when you really needed it.

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35. Plus, it’s always fun being the cutest one in your family.

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