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Modern Parent

Protecting my Oldest Child from “Parentification”

Photo by Ben White on Unsplash

My oldest kid is 12 and my youngest is 3 (there’s also a 5-year old). My oldest, let’s call her Sara, absolutely dotes on my youngest, let’s call her Jane. They share a bedroom and Sara seems to be utterly besotted with Jane, finds her adorable in every respect, and jokes about Jane being her (Sara’s) baby.

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