They say birth order effects many aspects of our lives. Oldest children are more intelligent, middle children are conflicted, youngest are manipulative and needy. My children seem determined to challenge the best labels of modern psychiatry.
#5: You're a big baby. (As he is chasing #7 through the house)
#7: I am not a baby. (He vehemently defends his big boy status.)
#5: You are to a big baby( He catches #7, fist raised.)
#7: I am Mom's baby, you can't hurt me. (He cleverly adapts the label to fit his needs.)
#5: You are not a baby! You're a big boy and I'm gonna punch you for bugging me! (Ah ha, big brother can re-label on the fly too.)
Hmm, obviously neither one struggles with intelligence, the fighting would indicate that both of them are conflicted and they each have mad manipulation skills...
One things for certain, all the sibling rivalry and birth order issue confusion is gonna put me into therapy.
Hope we all survive the next three months of stuck in the house, winter weather.