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Birth Order effects?

Posted by on Feb. 21, 2017 at 10:03 PM
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So my youngest definitely shows all the classic signs of being the youngest. He cries (or let me clarify, fake cries) over EVERYTHING. He don't get his way with his older brother, he bawls. He doesn't get help with something in his time, he cries. His older brother looks at him "wrong", he cries. And so on and so forth. My oldest was never like this. I know in part my youngest behaves this way because he is the youngest....my little sister was the same way when we were kids (I'm the oldest). I forget when she outgrew it, so thought I'd ask all of you. When does the youngest in the house outgrow the crying over everything phase? How do I help him out of it? He is 4 by the way.

by on Feb. 21, 2017 at 10:03 PM
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CP2017
by Member on Feb. 22, 2017 at 2:23 AM
That's not a youngest child thing, that's a "that child" thing. I'm the youngest. I never cried to get my way or over anything but hurting myself, really, and even that was rare. He'll eventually outgrow it.
NearSeattleMom
by Gold Member on Feb. 22, 2017 at 3:45 AM

As I recall, it was closer to school age when they outgrew that.

Raeann11
by Bronze Member on Feb. 22, 2017 at 9:16 AM

That is just something some children do. All my kids went through a phase like that. They outgrew it. I can't remember when with all but they did.

butzi
by Bronze Member on Feb. 23, 2017 at 11:22 AM
Neither of my youngest did that, per se. There is 13 years between the two youngest. I think it's a thing that some kids do and others don't, more than a birth order thing. I would think it will calm down as his independence grows. Preschool or kindergarten might have an impact.
Bmat
by Barb on Feb. 23, 2017 at 4:03 PM

The youngest of my siblings never behaved like that.

JTE11
by Silver Member on Feb. 24, 2017 at 12:08 PM
Just reiterate to him the appropriate ways to get attention or be heard, by using his words. LAbel his feelings 'you are feeling frustrated because brother won't give you a turn' and then help him work through them. If crying is his go-to you have to ignore it the best you can, encourage him to talk instead of cry, and then praise all efforts he makes to communicate not through crying.
conweis
by Silver Member on Feb. 24, 2017 at 1:55 PM
My youngest is mean. He cries when he cant get his way but he is also mean as a rattlesnake.
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