Five Year Span in Having Children

Leman, Growing up Firstborn, New York: Delacorte Press, 1989, 31

Any child who is more than five years younger than his immediately older brother or sister will take on the characteristics of a first born…That five-year time span apparently allows the younger child enough breathing room so that he is not stifled or threatened by the older child’s achievements, and at the same time it is most likely true that his parents will treat him more the way they treated the older child.  He will be expected to be more independent and will not be allowed to act like a baby.

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