“Mommy, how come these little ones get away with things many didn’t
when they were that age?” is the usual complaint of the eldest children. They
were referring – not to their first brother, who was just a few years younger -- but
to the next “batch” of siblings – a boy or a girl who came about ten years later.
As parents, you do try not to play favorites and be consistent as possible.
However, that eldest child, indeed, had reason to complain. “Well son, it’s
because your parents have learned a few things as you were growing up. You
must understand. Your parents never had any kids before you so they made a
few mistakes with you” is probably the usual explanation.