Telegraph 14 Nov 2011
A study of 1,803 mums and dads showed on average the younger child receives a more favourable response than their elder sibling on 59 per cent of occasions. Parents are more likely to side with a younger child in an argument, lavish them with more attention, let them have their own way and spend longer reading with them, it emerged. The study also found the younger one also benefits from more treats and cuddles, because their parents find it harder to say no. And more than half of those polled admitted feeling closer to their youngest child.
…The study also found although elder children are often side-lined in preference to their younger sibling, more than half of parents polled claimed to have bonded more quickly with their first child. And 64 per cent of parents felt they have more in common with their eldest child, sharing interests and finding it easier to have a conversation. Three out of five parents said their elder child was more likely to confide in them, and have done since an early age. Older children are also more transparent, with 63 per cent of parents feeling confident they know ‘them inside out’. Being the eldest also tends to mean these children are better behaved – with 53 per cent of parents finding them easier to discipline.