My dad met the kids. Better late than never. I miss him… which is odd because I’m not really sure what I’m missing. How do you miss something you never had? If you’d never seen another human, would you be lonely?
(Am I writing this when I should be sleeping so I can go to work in the morning? I think so!)
So it’s pretty well established that birth order does make a difference in personality; the ‘firstborn’ will be different than the middle children, who are different from the youngest. I’ve read that children who are more than 5 years younger than their next oldest sibling exhibit the qualities of a ‘firstborn’ as well, meaning that with a 5 year separation, new children are effectively a new set of children, not significantly influenced by their older siblings.
All of this means that if my boys are going to have any more genuine siblings, their new sibling must be conceived in the next year.
Then again, I’m sure it doesn’t matter. ;]
I’m 27 today. I gave someone a piece of advice that I strive for myself.
Be the kind of person you want your kids to grow up to be.
It’s stupidly simple, but it’s rather powerful, especially for those with children.