Almost half of the participants in a new survey admit that they have more photos of their first-born baby in their family albums than of their younger children. Are you guilty of doing this, HollyMoms?
The first-born baby may be favored in one aspect of the family dynamic — photography! Whether it’s “baby on the beach,” “baby in the bath” or “baby taking his first steps,” a new survey conducted by Nikon shows that parents have more photos of their oldest child than any of their subsequent children! Out of 1,413 British adults who participated in the survey, 46 percent of them said that they have more snapshots of their first child in their family albums!
The parents said the difference in the numbers of photographs came down to time pressures and the parents’ boredom with taking the same old shots over and over again with each child. Siblings were definitely aware of the disparity in photo albums, with 34 per cent of younger brothers and sisters saying that their older siblings had notably more pictures taken of them.
Educational psychologist Dr. Michele Borba believes this apparent favoritism is related to the theory of Second Child Syndrome, which looks at the impact birth order has on personality. “Sibling rivalry is commonplace in families, especially large families with three or more children,” she tells the UK’s Daily Mail. “Whilst many parents might try to treat all their children the same, it can be very easy for those little firsts that the eldest child makes – first step, first word, first day at school – to seem less remarkable with subsequent children.”