It seems like I'm constantly seeing some post or article describing children who are the youngest in their family. Risk-taker? Limelight-lover? Spoiled? HA!! I think you have it all wrong. First of all, I am the opposite of all of those things.
Youngests are used to taking a backseat to everyone else—literally and figuratively. They're used to being ignored. Now, I don't like to be ignored for real, but there are many times when I wish I could go unnoticed, or I'd rather watch than participate because that's what I grew up doing.
Youngests are used to hand-me-downs. (Me not as much as others because all my siblings are boys, but I still enjoyed my siblings' old video games and t-shirts.)
They're observant and learn from others' mistakes. Very observant.
They also know how to be alone and connect with people older than them
because they're the ones who are left behind with mom and dad in their
And this one is key: they have to at some point assert their independence because if they don't, everyone will always treat them as "the baby."
That's MY experience anyway.