Being the oldest child in a family can sound pretty nice in theory: you have younger siblings you can boss around whenever you need, pull the seniority card if they try to rebel, and you get to know you had at least one year where your parents gave you their full attention. However, the reality is there are plenty of negatives, too.

Comedian and writer Abby Govindan just tweeted one of them. It's the annoying special treatment of the younger brats you have to witness. You had to save up $60 for a Nintendo when you were 7? Your brother gets an Xbox when he's 7. You're threatened you'll be kicked out of your house if you don't make your bed? Your sister lets food rot in hers and no one says anything. That kind of stuff.

Abby's tweet has accumulated nearly 500K likes and 46K comments, many of which were written by other older siblings and detail similar struggles. Here are some of the best ones for you to enjoy scrolling through!

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Clavelle
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11 months ago

Some ARE US Marines.

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Also, parents should be careful about this. If children feel they are getting unequal amounts of your attention, discipline, and responsiveness, it can lead to sibling rivalry. It usually continues throughout childhood and can be very frustrating and stressful to the whole family.

According to Sara Laule, MD, the best thing parents can do to avoid this is not playing favorites. "Try not to compare your children to one another," she wrote. "For example, don't say things like, 'Your brother gets good grades in math—why can't you?'"

Enjoying each of your children’s individual talents and successes is important as well, however, it should not get in the way of them forming a team. "Set your kids up to cooperate rather than compete. For example, have them race the clock to pick up toys, instead of racing each other."

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M.J.
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11 months ago

That's just sad!!

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Batty
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11 months ago (edited)

I am in this picture & I do not like it. Being the oldest sucks balls.

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Bambi
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11 months ago

Wow!

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KaPOW
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11 months ago

A lot of the time I think parents learn from their bad decisions next time round, perhaps they realised forcing you into picking the harder subjects clearly didn't make you happy and they are trying not to do the same with your brother?

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glorytherainwing
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11 months ago

*sigh* I...I just cant...

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Shawn
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11 months ago

And that's why hers got wrecked.

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CrunChewy McSandybutt
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11 months ago

there is no reason a nine year old needs a smartphone.

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Tenay Douglas
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11 months ago

PREACH. Thats ALL my siblings say whenever I FINALLY get something of my own

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Electric Ed
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11 months ago

What goes on at Tumblr?

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AV7
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11 months ago

She was most likly already dead inside after the vodka incident.

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Olga Posedaru
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11 months ago

You must've gotten a pretty awesome tattoo if you changed your mom's mind about them :)

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Kailei Dillman
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10 months ago

whenever I do work I don't get paid and when I do get paid its like five or ten bucks, which is a good amount, but my brother gets like twenty to thirty

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Juririn
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11 months ago

Ewwww...

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Abby
Community Member
11 months ago

Same. If I want a friend over, I have to clean up the whole house by myself. If my younger brother wants a friend over, I have to help him clean the house and he doesn't help at all

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glorytherainwing
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11 months ago

thats fucked up

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athornedrose
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11 months ago

bless this younger sibling who recognizes his advantage

Pheonix
Community Member
11 months ago

I agree! My older brother got a crappy phone when he was 13 and I got a pretty good one at 11. Needless to say, I felt bad

ZoeIsHahaha
Community Member
11 months ago

Some siblings don't so I congratulate you for that

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Molly E
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11 months ago

Omg at least they see it too. I thought it was just us

Logan Scaggs
Community Member
10 months ago

@Molly E No, us younger siblings definitely see it. Sometimes I would use my "cuteness" as an advantage so me and my older brothers could do stuff like go to the movies or mini-golf and then other times if they were being mean to me I'd get them in trouble but then I'd always feel bad cuz I couldn't hang with them.

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Abby
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11 months ago

I'm the middle child and the only girl sibling. You'd think I'd get a ton of attention because I'm also the only granddaughter and niece, but actually both my older brother and my younger brother get more attention. MIDDLE CHILDREN UNITE!!!!

ZoeIsHahaha
Community Member
11 months ago

Great younger sibling

loubie
Community Member
11 months ago

In my family, it is my brother that is elder and gets all the attention. He is that favourite child by far, and I had to get high honours at my school to get a phone for Christmas. My brother got a phone that same Christmas even though he didn't get honours and it was a $780 phone any way better than mine (as in his was a 7+ and mine was a six). So elder children, I feel your pain.

glorytherainwing
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11 months ago

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this is just the opposite of all these posts.

Orillion
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11 months ago

It's the same point, just from a different perspective.

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Community Member
11 months ago

The shrooms

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Helena R
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11 months ago

This resonates with me, no matter how nasty my sibling is to anyone it was always their/my fault. I'm the older bad one. In their twenties now and they still live/scrounge off her but I'm still the nasty ungrateful one

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Amar Bayt Fawaz
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11 months ago

That's plain favoritism.

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Helenium
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11 months ago

Yeh been there grounded from being at college too long was 18 , the only time i was grounded ever

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Shawn
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11 months ago

First kids are just for practice and getting the screw ups outta the way

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Nikki D
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11 months ago

Way to breed resentment between siblings.

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Dilly Millandry
Community Member
11 months ago

Well that's teaching great standards isn't it?

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Martha Meyer
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11 months ago

How does someone who is legally an adult let their parents dictate them a curfew and rules about drinking?

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Nikki D
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11 months ago

How infuriating!

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Juririn
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11 months ago

Oh, God😕

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MermaidQueen
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11 months ago

PLL?

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beloved
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11 months ago

My mom did the same thing to me and said I'd never get a job or amount to anything...unbeknownst to me, a few years later I came to visit and accidentally happened upon her and my step-dads weed stash. Double standard. Now, my 18 yr old daughter moved in with them....they said "no smoking at our house" so when my step-dad found her stash, he stole it, smoked it and lied about it. Then bought weed from her bf. Idiots....

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Heidi Geary
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11 months ago

Ok but....kick her out? In 8th grade? Maybe I'm lazy but sometimes I forget to do my homework and my Mum usually just asks me a bunch of questions such as 'What was stopping you from doing it?' or 'Do we need to do anything to help you be more responsible?'

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