The effects of having siblings can be seen early on in children. According to Dr. Nina Howe, and Dr. Holly Recchia, there are four main parts of a sibling relationship in the early stages. The first one is that sibling interactions tend to be “strong, uninhibited emotions of a positive, negative and sometimes ambivalent quality”. The second one is based around the fact that siblings have such a tight bond from the fact that they spend all their time with each other. The third is that each sibling will have...
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...been because your sibling was already really good at something else. And maybe the reason why you didn’t do as well as they did at something was because it wasn’t worth competing for – they were already so good at it, you couldn’t compare. But if it was only you, there would be no discouragement to try something else. Your parents wouldn’t compare your skills at to your sibling, because you don’t have a sibling. This breaks away the boundaries and the constraints that families with more than one kid have. If you’re an only child, the reason why you decide you don’t decide to pursue an interest would have to do with whether you enjoyed it, and less because your sibling was already good at it. The real reason why some kids do so well in school, while others don’t, has more to do with the competition between their siblings, and less to do with their actual skill level.
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