Sibling Stereotypes

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Are you the only child who always gets your way? Or maybe you’re the forgotten middle child? Listen to R&L discuss some of the most common sibling stereotypes as they relate it to their own experiences both as they grew up and as parents in this episode of Ear Biscuits!
EB #286, Original Release Date: 5/3/2021
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@ravenstarr1749 2 yıl önce
Rhett talking about wanting a daughter and utilizing that energy with Barbara instead made me tear up 🥺🥺 I know he's a great dad to his boys but I'm a little sad for him that he didn't get that experience, I think it would've been really special for him and he's the type of guy who would've had a daddy's girl type of father daughter relationship for sure (ignore the gross association I refuse to let the creeps steal the term okay)
@maryquitecontrary9669 2 yıl önce
As a child who was spanked. It was humiliating, and it only taught me to hide things better. I don't blame my parents or think they were abusive, but it's definitely not the best way to go about raising a child
@auditoryallusions8983 2 yıl önce
I would agree, although my parents did deal with it in a bit of a better way, spanking was reserved for only the most heinous crimes, while everything else usually got you a spot on time-out.
@lodella8290 2 yıl önce
You have spoken my mind. It only hurt my feelings. The people I loved and looked to for safety were hitting me. That's all I remember.
@Iamme_30663 2 yıl önce
I think that’s what my dad realized over time, ever since I was four my dad never hit me, he did if I did something Really, Really bad. But growing up he didn’t spank me as much, I think it’s because he was wiped as a kid and he didn’t want to reflect that into his kids.
@-Fozzy- 2 yıl önce
@@Iamme_30663 holy crap, I've always had a hatred for bad parents
@MacGuffinExMachina 2 yıl önce
I mean, it was abusive, but that was not the thinking of most people had. It was normal back in the day.
@Iostdante 2 yıl önce
Am I the only one that loves sleeping to these
@happyfuntimepewpew 2 yıl önce
me too. it helps that they’re so boring.
@GarrettMerkin 2 yıl önce
I like watching or listening to em the first time and then make a playlist with a few I've already heard to fall asleep to.
@lodella8290 2 yıl önce
I don't mean to fall asleep! But after working a night shift... Falling asleep AND waking up to the calm vibe is my favorite.
@calebcool2171 2 yıl önce
I use noise to fall asleep and podcasts work well. I use a DND campaign, so I start imagining all these fanciful things as I drift off.
@abhinavsrivastava9909 2 yıl önce
@@happyfuntimepewpew Then why are you watching?
@TheBeatlesToday 2 yıl önce
Rhett: "We did a little boopity-boop research..." I love how that's just an accepted part of the Rhett & Link lexicon now lol
@honorj8939 2 yıl önce
GMM and ear biscuits are one of the most comforting things to me in all of life, it’s like coming home from a long trip every time I watch or listen.
@proverbialloaf 2 yıl önce
I agree. It’s a nice way to start my day because it helps me feel less alone, like catching up with old friends and hearing about all their hijinks!
@proverbialloaf 2 yıl önce
This is unrelated, but your hair is really cool :-)
@ItsFreshItsAnne Yıl önce
You nailed it
@mekan0001 2 yıl önce
I would love to hear about the relationship between Rhett and his brother after him leaving the church. Rhett's brother is a pastor and wonder how that changes the brotherly dynamic.
@katie-7972 2 yıl önce
From personal experience leaving a faith, I'd say the change in relationship dynamics was the most difficult part for me, rather than the actual decision. So I think you're on the right track thinking about this.
@theaclairy8992 2 yıl önce
oh woah, is he still a pastor to this day?
@jonathanreyes-tt7ws 2 yıl önce
From a Pentecostal church, I’d be worried for Rhett if he was my brother, but I know that he has made the decisions he’s made with his faith. There’s not much you can do, nor would it actually change my love for my relative. I hope their dynamic isn’t changed.
@iamaidansmith7542 2 yıl önce
@@jonathanreyes-tt7ws luckily they are all ready saved
@CatsPajamas23 2 yıl önce
@@jonathanreyes-tt7ws You never stop loving your children or other relatives, or caring about them. It's not that you don't care anymore if they're not walking in faith, because it's for their sake that you feel badly, but you can't presume to know their hearts or thoughts or even their relationship with God just because they're not still going to a Baptist or Pentacostal church, or even an established (as in building) church.
@berasart3437 2 yıl önce
I appreciate you guys adding younger siblings with disabled older siblings in this conversation.
@zenband1t 2 yıl önce
oh my goodness i’m only 2 mins in but this is my situation so i’m so excited to hear them talk about it!
@shmoofies 2 yıl önce
As a caretaker for the disabled this really made me smile as well.
@vesperholly8285 2 yıl önce
As an only child, I can attest to “living to much in my own head” which often resulted in being nervous about a lot of social situations resulting in developing anxiety. I definitely think if I’d had a sibling to consult with about my fears would’ve taken the edge off.
@MarthadelPilarMoreno 2 yıl önce
yes, as an only child I also live in my own head. Specially when you are only child of a single parent. one becomes more aware of things, more observant perhaps.
@CleverPsuedonym1 2 yıl önce
I totally relate to this. Up until middle school I was so in my own head and then becoming a teenager is when that started to sort of ease up. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that it was around them I started developing more vibrant friendships and having things closer to siblings in my life.
@marieelisa1 2 yıl önce
My parents used to hit me with the belt, I'll say way too often but not hard. Still It got me to be MORE scared of them and hid sirious things that I should've been able to share with them and ask for their help.
@bluesilvahalo3576 2 yıl önce
I remember being a very small child sitting on the stair seeing my sister get spanked and seeing her crying going through that was a terrible experience. She got over it fine but I never forgot it. Has to be better ways to dicipline children than painful humiliation.
@krisj5561 2 yıl önce
Shouldn't discipline in front of the other children. It isn't abusive unless there is very real harm. Small spanks on a bottom is not a big deal. But maybe that is me being in my 30s with older siblings. We had good parents. Who sacrificed a lot and are happily married still. And it isnt fake. It is gross how much they flirt. DX
@bluesilvahalo3576 2 yıl önce
@@krisj5561 I never said it was abuse, I believe children need to be disciplined I was just trying to express that there are better ways than this particular form of discipline (spanking) or any physical/psychological forms of discipline for that matter. It wasn't done in front of me either, I snuck onto the stairs and saw it happen. I just felt bad for my sister and hated the humiliation aspect of it.
@lonewolfe8625 2 yıl önce
I do think that daughters have stricter rules to follow than sons who have more freedom
@boneymacaroni13 2 yıl önce
As the older daughter with a younger brother who was allowed to have girls in his room when I wasn't allowed to have boys in my room at the same time, I agree.
@brians2399 2 yıl önce
Probably. parents tend to be extra protective of their daughters
@jamiep2954 2 yıl önce
Yeah I had an older brother and as much as my parents tried to treat us the same I always had to come home earlier and couldn’t go on trips with friends at the same age he did
@paulmcanally6957 2 yıl önce
I'm an only child, and I relate a lot to Link about the anxiety and having to "catch up" socially as a teen. I definitely have felt pressure to be very successful at everything, being my mom's one and only kid. I think that's a burden we bear as an only child, anyone agree?
@butterbeanqueen8148 Yıl önce
I planned on only having one child but worked very hard on giving them opportunities to become very independent and able to take another’s needs into account and also make them more independent. They went to summer camp at a fairly young age for two months at a time and as a preteen and teenager traveled the world with a group of other preteens and teens that really encouraged working with others and being independent at the same time. I realize I was very fortunate to be able to provide those experiences. They have grown into a very caring independent individual. The only issue I see is that they do seem to require a little more quiet time and space than their spouse, who came from an extremely large family.
@geema2281 2 yıl önce
i can't wait for rhett to have a little girl granbaby!! she'll have her grandpa wrapped around her little finer and it'll be rhett's greatest love for sure. my dad has three girls and my sister has a daughter. and even though he loved all three of us and i never felt like he played favorites or anything like that, i can tell now that my niece is his most favorite and she loves him just as much. and it brings me so much joy.
@katiewilson3369 2 yıl önce
Enjoying listening now! Just wanted to say Happy Mothers Day to 2 great moms... Jessie & Christy!!! I hope they have a great day! Thank you Rhett, Link & the Mythical crew for all that you do! You guys have gotten me through some tough times! 💜Mythical Beast(and mom of 3 boys) from Newnan,GA!
@BrittneyStAubin 2 yıl önce
I feel that whenever I was spanked as a child, it moderately traumatized me. I would personally never cause physical harm to my child or any child, even if it was in a way that was not "aggressive". It sets up the narrative that being physically handled in such a way is acceptable later on in life if you "misbehave" (in adulthood).
@212melc 2 yıl önce
Agreed. I've got a litany of mental health problems from being brought up in a southern home by parents who never even considered any other form of punishment. I still get a wave of anxiety even listening to discussions like this.
@wasabi42 2 yıl önce
not only does it show kids that they can be physically handled if they misbehave, but it can also give the kids an example that the way to deal with things that upset them is to physically lash out
@BrittneyStAubin 2 yıl önce
@@212melc I am so sorry you had to go through that sort of punishment. I thankfully didn’t get spanked/hit much as a child, but it is still upsetting to think about.
@-Fozzy- 2 yıl önce
?? I've never seen a problem with it, obviously don't go to far with it, but it seems like it would stop the bad behavior
@katc2040 2 yıl önce
@@-Fozzy- yeah, short term (theres literally so much research confirming this), it causes bad behavior and aggression long term. And also, it stops behavior with FEAR and HUMILIATION and ABUSE instead of understanding, sympathy, and self reflection.
@sleepykitty1985 2 yıl önce
I love that you guys just own your past like that and can speak candidly on what your beliefs and what your actions were and how they’ve changed- and which have not! I love this honesty.
@kaitlyn8lyn 2 yıl önce
The first time someone told me “would you hit your spouse when they do something that upsets you or you disagree with? Would you hit your dog? So why would you hit your kid?” I never liked spanking as a parenting choice, and I was spanked until I was like 8 and it didn’t happen often. For me, my parents talking to me and expressing disappointment rather than making me feel fear or anger was WAY more impactful to change my behavior. and it really put it in perspective for me. I would never use violence to communicate with any living thing, why would someone do it to a defenseless child who is trying to figure out how to be a person and understand the world still. I understand that we often just replicate the culture that our parents taught us, and for a lot of parents that’s just what makes sense to them because that’s what their parents did but I’m really glad that spanking is now being examined more and people are breaking that cycle
@CleverPsuedonym1 2 yıl önce
I wasn’t spanked a ton as a kid, but I remember misbehaving and the things my parents did to discipline me and encourage better behavior, and spanking never motivated me to behave well. It just made me sad and angry, and it hurt.
@kaitlyn8lyn 2 yıl önce
@@CleverPsuedonym1 I was the same, it was humiliating and only made me not want to be CAUGHT misbehaving because I didn’t want to be hurt. And then it was really confusing because afterwards my father would wipe my face and tell me he didn’t want to “have to” do that. I think it’s a cycle that can make people easy to manipulate into abusive relationships as they get older as well.
@CleverPsuedonym1 2 yıl önce
@@kaitlyn8lyn Oh yeah it’s such a cyclical thing. I think it’s on the decline though. Generally my parents handled it fairly well (as well as you can, at least) and really moved away from it pretty quickly as I got older, but I just have to imagine not every parent is great about like, avoiding spanking out of anger or letting their emotions fuel it and stuff. It just seems like it’d be too easy to make a mistake in that way.
@aussiecountry9320 2 yıl önce
I agree, I think one of the best ways I've heard it described was a parental temper tantrum.
@hamsterstyle6152 10 aylar önce
@@aussiecountry9320 thats such a good term, I totally agree
@kaytarracorrea25 2 yıl önce
The montero video wasn't just to upset people it was an amazing petty clapback at how he was treated just for being gay and I freaking love it. I was never taught to hate anyone apart of the community in fact I'm apart of the community myself and how people have treated and talked to us is gross so when that song came out and I watched the video and listened to the lyrics it made my heart happy. Now I was never told not to listen to certain music whether it was edited or not so i don't do it with my kids
@CAMOCHICKEN101 2 yıl önce
What makes me sad about being an only child, is that when my parents are gone I will be alone. And that is a scary thought. I always wished I had that built in best friend to support me through life. But then again, being an only child has also played a huge factor in making me who I am. So it really is a toss up.
@taylorah6409 2 yıl önce
This comment right here just swayed me to have another. (Not just this comment, it's been a years long convo with my husband and family.) We have a 5 year old daughter, and she's a really good kid. She sleeps great. Eats great. Smart. Kind. Etc. So we talk about just not having any more kids bc she is really great.
@biotears92 2 yıl önce
I am also an only child, and I've never thought about that. With your comment is the second time I hear about that feeling and I don't know if I can say the same. I have a really good relationship with my mother but when I think about not having her, that though of fear of being alone never crosses my mind...
@AdachiTofu 2 yıl önce
I'm the opposite but that might be because my parents were bad. I will rather be alone than being around my parents because they were drunk a lot among other things. So the only issue I have is paying for the burial and dealing with the drama of my other family members after.
@EarlyBirdie82 2 yıl önce
I’m an only child too and while that’s a sad and valid point, I think you can find just as much comfort from your “chosen” family as well- friends, life partners, or kids of your own
@seeingyouaround 2 yıl önce
this became very much a reality for me, when my mom passed away unexpectedly a year and a half ago, it was VERY hard to deal with both practically and emotionally, because i have a grandmother who is physically limited, and a 'stepdad' (moms husband, not my dad) who turned out to be COMPLETELY useless, so i had to do EVERYTHING from organising the funeral to inheritance issues, to bills and all that, that it took me nearly a year before i actually felt like i was properly grieving and processing everything, before that it was just autopilot to get everything sorted. i could have used some emotional support, at least.. 😒
@louisnotonfire4243 2 yıl önce
I am also an only child and I’ve been watching gmm for like 8 years and I have always related to link and I find myself saying “ofc he’d say that he’s an only child”
@ThisIsFiftyWithLil 2 yıl önce
I had three best friends from huge families, I recall one friend had never drank fresh orange juice until they started coming over to my house. I'm pretty sure all three of these friends liked hanging out at my house was because it was so quiet; there was always a good amount and variety of meals at dinner (one friend loved coming over after school to have giant fresh veggies garden salads or homemade, hot crisp tacos or burritos; there never was fighting over tv ; and no chores to do if they stayed over night.
@bigsisdi2 2 yıl önce
My mother was an only child, and my dad was the middle of three. I am the oldest of seven, but there is only five years and eleven months between me and the youngest sister! We cover SO many personalities that it’s hard to nail them down at this stage. (We are all in our sixties now.)
@sevenmillionhobbies7840 2 yıl önce
I LOVE that! 😆
@somerkoehn3007 2 yıl önce
I will say please don't say anything to parents about only one child. My husband and I have desperately tried for a second, and have lost 8. We have been through fertility treatment for three years and it's been the most heartbreaking, horrible experience. My daughter wants a sibling so badly and I feel like a broken woman unable to give that to her. When someone says "you need to give that girl a brother or sister!" I shatter inside. So please, never ever say that to anyone.
@kenneththisishowidoyessir. 2 yıl önce
Congrats Kevin on the newborn baby man🙂.
@bonita1228 2 yıl önce
The funny part is Link getting the same punishment as Rhett if his Mom called Link’s Mom.
@cj3617 2 yıl önce
I have a theory that if the oldest child doesn’t fit the role of the perfectionist, then the second born will take it over. At least, that’s what happened in my family because the oldest kid rebeled.
@karissakessler8877 2 yıl önce
Yes for sure. That's what happened in my family. My sister who is 5 years older rebelled and my mom always would say "at least I have one good kid" and when I was going through a rough time in my life my mom would always say "you were supposed to be the good one". 😑
@hilarygladstone6037 2 yıl önce
That's what happened in mine! I didn't rebel but I'm the oldest and the free spirit. My sister could run a small nation solo.
@Pillianjeeples 2 yıl önce
These podcasts have become such a source of comfort for me that I now listen to them to go to sleep. There’s something about Rhett and link that soothes me right to sleep.
@OrigTMNT 2 yıl önce
"If it ain't broke don't have anymore children" 🤣😂
@ItsFreshItsAnne Yıl önce
I wonder how it feels to have MANY people soothing themselves to sleep with these great podcasts. 🤔♥️
@taylamariea 2 yıl önce
Interestingly my older brother was rarely spanked. I was spanked much more readily. I’ve had the wooden spoon, the tea towel or the hand. I had a lot more restrictions as a girl than my brother did as a boy, with curfews and what we were allowed to get away with. I’ll say I turned out a lot more well behaved than my brother 😂
@manictothecore Yıl önce
gmm and ear biscuits gives me serotonin. their voices are so calming to me and i love watching them while i’m doing homework
@racheldeal8322 2 yıl önce
Rhett should have his brother on the show sometime.
@callyl5611 2 yıl önce
I am the youngest of 4 but the 3 older siblings are 12-14 years older than me. I felt like an only child growing up because they all moved out of the house when I was little and basically had my own toys and did what I wanted. My personality definitely reflected on not having siblings in the house. I like being alone now because that's what I was used to.
@janmay3901 2 yıl önce
Totally understand
@EarlyBirdie82 2 yıl önce
As an only child, I never once wished I had a sibling. I’ll admit it made me a bit spoiled and stubborn, but also self sufficient. My parents gave me the world and we have a special bond as a small family. I wouldn’t dissuade people from having one kid because there are many great things about it for both the parents and kid.
@brookekirkpatrick836 2 yıl önce
I would totally agree with you I'm also an only child and have always been more of an independent and extraverted person so for me it worked out nicely
@EarlyBirdie82 2 yıl önce
@@brookekirkpatrick836 it definitely made me more introverted personally. Growing up with so much alone time makes me require a lot of it as an adult but I don’t think that’s a bad thing 🤷🏼‍♀️
@janedoe7187 2 yıl önce
I'm an only child too, and so are my parents so my family is very small. I think growing up an only child is fine. You make friends and it seems just as good as growing up any other way. Friends have asked what it's like when thinking about having their own kids, and I always tell them not to worry about that part. The sad truth is it's growing OLD an only child that's painful. Being the sole caretaker of aging parents is something I've come to dread one day as I've watched my parents both go through it. And then eventually you lose them and you are alone in the world unless you have a spouse/children of your own. Sorry to take it so dark.
@annika9523 2 yıl önce
Im one of those that were spanked and was traumatised. It wasnt often and it wasnt too violent, but it made me a violent and angry kid. Then i was a depressed and scared teen, and then an angry adult, furious at my parents for doing that to me (and my little sister). We talked about it with my mom and it made me feel a little better to hear that she knew she wasnt doing the right thing. Im still dealing with the consequences, and im SO afraid to have kids bc im already so fixated on doing and saying the right things to them, because i dont want my kids to have a traumatic childhood
@elliiahn 2 yıl önce
I cannot express how excited I am for the enneagram biscuit
@physicalmediamp4 2 yıl önce
Thank you guys for talking about disability so openly and with respect. I'm physically disabled and so is one of my brothers, but he has more needs than I do so I have somewhat of a caretaker role in my family too. It means a lot to me coming from both perspectives how you value these types of families and people like us.
@sevenmillionhobbies7840 2 yıl önce
Being a younger sister of an older brother has definitely helped me live life with an inkling of preparation. He graduate college, he got a steady job, he got married, he has kids now, and is still going. As the only person in my family with clinical mental issues, watching him live life has been like a model and a reassurance to me that life is hard but not that hard, and kids are are little time vampires but aren’t impossible to live with. It’s also awesome to know that one other person that aren’t your parents REALLY get where you are coming from without needing any explanation. Love you bro, and cool it with the cologne will ya?
@sevenmillionhobbies7840 2 yıl önce
@@Raijian9 🥺😊
@idontgivetkachuk2997 2 yıl önce
I’m a twin. My parents were only going for 3 kids but then twins popped out & so I used to joke that my “younger” twin by 2 mins, 9 secs, is the “unwanted child” lol. It’s true but we love her just the same 😂
@nehapatel62 2 yıl önce
My younger brothers are twins. Of course, my parents didn't plan to have twins, so it's funny to me that only one of them was planned.
@BrittneyStAubin 2 yıl önce
I’m also a twin!
@idontgivetkachuk2997 2 yıl önce
@@BrittneyStAubin fellow twins unite!! 👯‍♀️👯‍♀️
@jordan101096 2 yıl önce
I'm a twin too!! I'm 2 minutes older than my brother but I still say I'm his older sister!
@idontgivetkachuk2997 2 yıl önce
@@jordan101096 yess same here! I always call her my younger sister 😂
@herb_rolls3929 2 yıl önce
i literally have to go to therapy because my emotions were met with physical punishment.
@bimbozos 2 yıl önce
that’s on trauma therapy and two rounds of inpatient 😭
@idgafiminfinite 2 yıl önce
This is so interesting, can't believe I just now listened to this and I will definitely have to give it a second watch! I love sibling tropes because although there are obviously many other factors that influence someone's personality, it makes a lot of sense that the sibling dynamic in a household would play into it. As an only child, I totally related to a lot of what was said on that, even certain things that I hadn't considered could have been related to being an only child. I also had a lot of anxiety around staying at other people's houses, I had a few bad experiences (through no one else's fault) at sleepovers when I was about 8 and then I never slept at anyone else's place until I was 18 and started needing to sometimes after a night of drinking (side note - would not recommend binge drinking but it also helped me get over my fear of vomit, so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯). I also have felt a bit behind many of my peers with emotional and social development, but never considered that might have something to do with being an only child. There are certainly pros to being an only child; I really appreciate that my parents have been able to focus their attention and support on me, but I agree with Link. I've always felt like if I did have kids, I would have at least 2. Being an only child was isolating, I never knew very many other kids who were also only children, sometimes I would go to parties and things with my parents where I was the only kid there. I know that having a sibling doesn't guarantee that you'll have a good relationship with them, but I really wished I had someone close to my age who could be in my life forever. Once my parents are gone, who will I turn to, ya know? And this is self-imposed, but I wonder if I can meet my parents expectations as the only opportunity to do so. Like, I don't think I want kids but what if they want grandchildren? I wouldn't change the way I grew up, but of course I wonder if I would be different if I had siblings.
@oliviagreen7423 2 yıl önce
Thanks so much for doing Ear Biscuits guys!🙌 Getting to know you better on a deeper level is always great, and I appreciate that you're honest about mistakes, things you still don't know, ways you're trying to grow and learn. Too many people in the public eye prefer to act like they've got it all figured out and hide normal human frailties, which is not a healthy thing for anyone to be or admire. And, I love the idea of quadruple Lily's! The world could use a million more like her💯👍☺
@hamsterstyle6152 10 aylar önce
33:08 “you had assertive parents and you had an older brother and I had-I had myself.” Whoa wtf I’m crying now. That hit so hard, oh my gosh Link I felt that.
@kelseakeys5426 2 yıl önce
Just listened to the Thursday episode of how you guys dealt with COVID as a company, and I’m here to say that I had never heard of you guys until the pandemic began, and in a way without all that down time I don’t know that I would have ever found y’all, so just here to say that your efforts were not vain and proud of you guys as a company and the whole crew who made it all work out! Happy to forever be a mythical beast!!
@samiam74 2 yıl önce
I think my mom did an amazing job at not treating us differently because of our birth order, but more because we were different people. While we still had typical sibling rivalry, but no resentment.
@heathervisscher7422 2 yıl önce
I have always said if you have one, you should have multiples. I think being an only child puts a lot of pressure on one kid. Thanks for confirming my thoughts as an only child Link. I myself am a baby - but I had a unique childhood parenting my parents. My older brother and I basically raised ourselves in many ways - so creates a different level of personalities.
@violetskies14 2 yıl önce
So I'm an older sibling and disabled and my closest sister in age is 5 years younger and she did have to learn how to accommodate my disability and help me physically when I needed it but I was always very much the one in charge and the big sister wanting to look after her. I think probably the hardest thing for her was the lack of attention focused on her when I was very poorly, when one child is crying in pain you aren't really focused on what the other one is doing and so as a kid she very much always wanted to be the centre of attention and clashed with my mum a lot more than I did and still does (she's 15). I also have a stepsister and two much younger brothers and a absolutely adore my baby brothers. They are 5 and 20 months and the 5 year old wants to spend every second of every day with me and makes me feel so loved and I'm by nature a very maternal person and they give me an outlet for that urge other than my dog. They also give me a sense of confidence for having my own kids because I've been helping raise them since they were born and they don't seem traumatised by me being in pain and even with my physical limitations I'm able to look after them by myself and adapt and figure out ways to say transfer from my bed to my wheelchair while looking after a baby ect.
@clairehill4323 2 yıl önce
There's an important shift from protecting to preparing. I really respect Link for teaching that to live life fully you need to learn to bring down the walls.
@courtneyd9 2 yıl önce
As an only child, everything that was mentioned really resonates with me. Growing up it felt fine but thinking back now it would have been to have someone to confine in, hang out with, and learn things from because it is hard to go to your parents sometimes. I'll also never be an aunt which is kind of a bummer as well. Idk if I will ever get married and have kids but I imagine having more than one so they don't go through the loneliness or at least marry someone with siblings so I at least get some connection to that family dynamic
@ItsFreshItsAnne Yıl önce
I was a lonely only child..Always the new kid with family moving every year for whatever reasons they felt at the time...I played with MY G.I Joe's!! Sharing this just made my heart so full..Thank you guys for being so candid! I got emotional! My upbringing is eerily similar
@crazylikekrazy417 2 yıl önce
This is what I miss, link and Rhett just chilling talking about something, I watch these more than actual gmm episodes because it’s more like how it used to be, back before every episode had to be a game or a taste test
@mags9024 2 yıl önce
I am an only child, but my personality is much more similar to Rhett than Link for what it’s worth. My former best friend is a LOT like Link, but has a (significantly) younger sibling.
@brizzy.6 2 yıl önce
"The adventures of Satan and his demons"😂😂 "are you into that"
@lyssa3135 2 yıl önce
had me dying 🤣🤣
@proverbialloaf 2 yıl önce
I googled that title afterward because it came so naturally to him I assumed it was a real book 😆 I kind of wish it were haha!
@EthanVillanueva 2 yıl önce
What's interesting is that I was never spanked "often" but when I was I always felt something to the notion of "yeah I was being a little brat tbh" only because I think my parents would sit down and talk to me about why they felt it was necessary and usually it was just my dad but his reasoning was almost always "you weren't listening and I asked politely to get your attention but that wasn't working so I had very little options to get your attention to something about your behavior."
@jordan101096 2 yıl önce
I'm a twin but I'm 2 minutes older! Idk if any of these apply to me and my brother. It's nice to always have someone going through the same life stages as you at the same time. College was the only time we didn't go to the same school or were in the same class (I went to an all women's college). There are so many studies on identical twins but I think it'd be interesting to have more research on fraternal twins as well.
@meganrussell5484 2 yıl önce
I was the oldest and I hated rules. I was the sibling that constantly pushed my limits and how much I could get away with.
@thenopedetective 2 yıl önce
I'm an older sibling and very introverted and really feel what Link was saying about missing out on that extra knowledge that comes with an older sibling. Not having a bit of guidance in that sense maybe contributed to a lot of my lack of confidence and anxiety.
@jemmadobbygriffin3127 2 yıl önce
I'm the youngest of my dads but raised by mum and I'm her only. I feel like I fit both stereotypes.
@irvingbrown2389 2 yıl önce
Thanks again for sharing and talking about this subject. I always love insight on people who are only children. Our son is an only child and we did everything we could to create memories all through his childhood, his education was always important, he’s now 22 and in less than a month will graduate with his masters in mathematics and will shortly begin school again for his PhD. He’s a great kid, well young adult now, he doesn’t drink or do drugs and has never wanted to, he easily made it through all of his schooling till this point, it’s only recently he’s had to put time in studying, oddly enough he Tudors as well as works as a teacher’s assistant at the college, so theirs a small group of people he can study with. We couldn’t be more proud of him. I often wonder if some of his success and drive is because he’s always gotten all our attention and we’ve always been there for everything and always encouraged anything he did but it was easy because he was a great kid that didn’t give us problems, his teachers were always impressed at how smart he is and how good he is with other people. We were worried for him when he began high school that he’d be picked on because he’s smarter, he never had any issues with anyone and always did his own thing and still does. In his senior year he was prom king, he never played a sport, he was the photographer for the year book, but in my day the only people voted prom king and queen were the popular jocks and cheerleaders. He managed to break the norm. He was one of seven to give a speech at the graduation. We couldn’t be more proud. My wife and I still find it difficult to live without him in our home. Watching your children grow and move on in life to a different phase is both incredible because we are so proud but also hurting inside because it’s losing a part of life that you will never have again. It’s a thing in life I never saw coming and it’s getting easier to deal with the adjustments of living together without him there all the time is a difficult thing to deal with. Thanks again for talking about your perspectives and others. Take care, stay safe and healthy.
@maren02 2 yıl önce
I have 3 older brothers, I'm the youngest and only girl. Being female I got some different treatment, both to my benefit and detriment. My brothers thought I was more spoiled, but I just didn't have to share or get many hand-me-downs because I was girly. But then as I got older, rules were a lot more strict for me, my dad was overprotective, I wasn't allowed to to a lot of things that my brothers were allowed to do. The 2 oldest brothers also were raised differently than us 2 younger kids, and that still shows in our adult lives. Our parents' divorce happened at a time that changed how we were brought up compared to the other 2, their childhoods were more stable, so we got a bit left behind amongst everything going on. There are countless factors that play into how we are raised and how it shapes us. Some tropes are somewhat true, but there is just so much at play.
@filthysock 2 yıl önce
I think it's *highly* interesting that Link was an only child, yet he'd recommend others to have multiple children (despite that being harder on the parents). I would love for him to expand on that. I'm an only child, and only have one child, and I wouldn't really want any more (despite what my wife might think). I think my only child is doing great, and our family unit is doing great. Besides, I couldn't even fathom the hassle of getting yet another one, now that we're finally in the groove of having a 5-year old of our own. It took a while to get into that groove where it felt remotely easy and doable. Why would I want to put myself through that tough part again? I finally have a somewhat grown child that I can rationalise with have and have conversations with. Why would I want to start from scratch and go through all those difficulties again?
@SailorLaurell 2 yıl önce
I'm younger than my sister of 7 years, and I definitely consider myself younger and almost like an only child. She got spankings and I never had any, My parents had no problem warning me about spanking or punishing me, but they never had to because I watched my sister and learned what not to do. I was also considered the outgoing one of the 2. I don't see myself being that social butterfly my mom always called me, but also in comparison to my sister I totally was. I think a lot of these ideas we have about sibling roles also come from putting these ideas on to our children. I don't know how much of this would hold true for families, but I worked with children and have a child development certification and these are things that I notice.
@sp9337 2 yıl önce
Link's perspective of not only having one child makes me a little sad. We wanted another, but it doesn't seem like it'll happen, I hope our child can form a friendship like their's so he can feel an almost brother like bond. He also has many biological half siblings due to using a donor bank. I wonder how sibling order works in that situation. I have 2 half siblings with big age gaps and I feel like how sibling order affected me was a little different than others.
@ravenstarr1749 2 yıl önce
"you need a sibling, I guess you just got me" 🥲🥲🥲 no I'm not crying, you're crying
@aussiecountry9320 2 yıl önce
It's interesting listening to all the stereotypes and everyone experiences since I'm a bit of an outlier. I'm the youngest of three but I more or less grew up as an only child becuase of the large age gap between me and my siblings. My sister is 15 years older than me and my brother is 17 years older then me.
@taylordavy8458 2 yıl önce
I am an oldest child with two younger siblings, I was raised by a fundamentalist Christian mother, and my brothers were raised by a wild hippy pagan, despite the fact that we had the same mother. My mom also left a Calvinist branch of Christianity when I was young, so it’s crazy how much different my childhood was to that of my brothers.
@danielhuddleston6624 2 yıl önce
As an only child, I can agree with the over all anxiety and anxiety with social situations. Though I don't remember feeling lonely as child. I did things alone frequently and even as an adult I don't feel uncomfortable or sad when I do things by myself. Being an only child was/is mostly positive for me.
@breerisk3590 2 yıl önce
As the youngest of 3, I'd like to say that I got less freedom than my older siblings because they misbehaved so much.
@lucyb8802 2 yıl önce
It's interesting to get the point of view of parents it helps me understand some of my parents actions a little better.
@swansonjoe7121 2 yıl önce
My 2 cents to the convo: I was the smallest of the 3 children, I watched the Captain planet episode where he urged parents to have only 2 kids and felt kinda sad over it. After my brother moved out when I was around 6 it was like I was the only child. I hated how my parents spoiled me. I couldn't say "wow that toy/ drawing product looks cool" bc they would try to buy it, and I would have to convince them 'its okay, I don't want it'. I don't like how they didn't teach me about important things I had to later in life (general life advice etc.) but it iz what it iz
@mralabbad7 2 yıl önce
Link: i wish i had an older brother so i can get to know stuff like music Also link: i had a step sister who liked music And that's why i hated music as a child 🤣🤣🤣
@leahx1701 2 yıl önce
What a beautiful conversation.
@hayliecassidy711 2 yıl önce
So I actually did research a while back that in families where the oldest child is disabled, the second child takes all the oldest child traits. Which is true in my family as I am the oldest and disabled and my next sister is very much an oldest child type where i act more like a middle sibling. Our youngest is a youngest tho.
@jaybrown2620 2 yıl önce
I am a middle child and can I just say, parents: Please check in with your middle children. What you may perceive as quiet and independent might not be that. It might be a feeling of being left out waiting for permission to join in. Even just a "Hey how's it going?" I never got asked that. I rarely got invited to things, I still don't. Just check in with them more when they're younger before they close off too much.
@jamestoth2594 2 yıl önce
I wish I had you guys as parents my childhood was terrible and kinda damaged the person I am now
@millacabral9475 2 yıl önce
Man, I relate to so many of these. I'm an only kid with my mom and have two way younger half siblings with my dad. I put up with a LOT of unfortunate situations as a kid that they rarely, or never, have to deal with (like endless hours alone in his rehearsals, or in the back of a class for adults, or waiting for one of my parents to finish work with only a book or drawing supplies, having nobody my age to hang out with in most social situations that weren't for me, etc.), and then my dad starts mentioning how he doesn't bring them to rehearsals because his colleagues also have kids now and they understand the importance of spending time with them on their weeked together. Like, bruh. Also my siblings are never alone because they have each other to interact with (2 years apart in age), so it's already way better. And they have me to give an example and advice about "good" teenagehood/young adulthood if they need it. The privilege lol.
@gpeddino 2 yıl önce
I really relate to the tweet at 1:00:50. I'm also an only child and it took me until college to begin developing socially, with the added factor that I'm gay and struggled with that for quite a while. Today, at 35, I feel that my personality has been shaped by all the isolation and I tend to be quite the loner.
@auditoryallusions8983 2 yıl önce
I am the 2nd of 4 children, so my sister and I were both middle children, and there's isn't much talk about this, but in my case, having two middle children, we did fit the stereotype of being ignored or not cared about as much as the other two, but because there were two of us, we have an inseparable bond and were always really close and would complain and make fun of the rest of the family together. Any other double middle children can confirm or deny this specific idea?
@wittynamegohere 2 yıl önce
I have learned that dating another person that is also a youngest sibling doesn’t usually work out. 😆
@patriciabarnhart1886 2 yıl önce
I’m still looked to as my siblings’ second mom at 76. Middle two were little hellions😂 Baby sister had everything.
@scottkuhn1450 2 yıl önce
I have to say, as the older child and the "Rule Follower", I relate to the part about still feeling awkward "Breaking Rules" now. I'm 27 years old and I still feel bad doing anything that feels like it might be breaking a rule or not following directions exactly as given.
@Phlimbob 2 yıl önce
My sister is 8 years older than me, and I learned a lot from her experience about what not to do, whether it was at home, in school, or living on my own and working. A lot of decisions I made in life were direct results of the things my sister did that had negative results.
@isabellecreutz 2 yıl önce
I was honestly kinda shocked when the spanking topic was brought up in the episode and while reading the comment section I realized how common it seems in the states campared to where I live... it’s been illegal in Sweden since 1979 so you never really hear of it over hear
@LitcheTheArsm 2 yıl önce
As a Swede, my old classmate got spanked by her parents. I was really shocked when she casually mentioned it. Her parents didn't grow up here so that definitely plays a part in it. But regardless, i do believe it HAPPENS (way less than in the US) but no one would admit to doing it.
@isabellecreutz 2 yıl önce
@@LitcheTheArsm you’re absolutely right, it would be wrong of me to assume it never happens, it just feels like the general idea here is that’s it’s wrong 🤔
@hsetz 2 yıl önce
I have such a weird sibling dynamic. I have a younger sibling but we did not live together for our entire lives. Only saw each other on holidays and during the summer. I grew up an only child with an abusive aunt and she grew up around cousins and her "parents" were also abusive. So we're more like really close best friends with the added familial connection. It's also weird because I have a trauma response from when we were babies and still together where I have this urge to protect and mother her so we also have a parent-child relationship. It's very weird lmao
@deadcow8496 2 yıl önce
See I am a middle child, and being the way I am I am a lot like link in the sense that I’m very particular about my stuff too. Needs to be a certain way. I shared my room with both siblings, but I also had an instance where I had my own room sometimes too. It all depended on how many rooms where in the house and what my mom could afford. We grew up a little less than middle class so we always had to be on a budget. I will say the baby of the family got the attention because he had to be constantly reminded to do his homework. Than the oldest my sister was always getting into things whether it was giving us a hard time or not doing her school work. I will say I was the first to do anything; financing a car, moving out, graduating etc. so I have a mixed view of getting the short end of the stick because everything worked out good on my end as well, even though I didn’t get much attention because I always did what I was told. So honestly it’s an arguable subject honestly.
@millacabral9475 2 yıl önce
Yeah, I had a smiliar situation to Link, grew up a single child, felt super lonely, rarely did things for fun because most of my outings were with my mom and great aunt, or being alone at one of my dad's work rehearsals and stuff. Then I got a half sister when I was 8, but I'd only spend time with her two, maybe three, days a week, so we didn't grow up together. Two years after she was born we got a brother, so they've had that sibling experience and I see their dynamic, but in most situations I'm an only child. I'm 20 now, they're 12 and 10, so we're starting to have a better relationship, less fighting and more understanding each other, having more things in common, etc. But yeah, he's definitely a younger brother, but on the quiet side, is finally learning to stand his ground, and she's super bossy, very energetic and commanding, but I'm still the almighty older sister when I'm with them (rarely nowadays since we live in different countries :/), so it's an interesting dynamic for sure.
@reniecoffey 2 yıl önce
This whole episode makes me incredibly sad. I have an older sister. 6 years older. I was a wild child and she wasn't. From a young age I always wanted her attention and she loathed me for it. We never really got close, partially because we have different fathers, and I partook in the activities my dad brought to us, and she wasn't interested. I'm 25 now and it's almost as if I don't have a sister at all.
@morrisgautreau6704 2 yıl önce
I am the oldest with two younger brothers, no sisters. I can tell you, the stereotypes are pretty accurate! The environment and upbringing can have an influence! But, you always internally know where you stand in line!
@siesiehaycraft4699 2 yıl önce
I like the idea of watching/listening to podcasts but never thought I had the attention span for that. Thank you Rhett and Link for proving me wrong, I have genuinely really enjoyed this video all the way through...I'm an oldest child, btw.
@JK-uj8ur 2 yıl önce
I would like Rhett's brother to be a guest on the show.
@koziol552 2 yıl önce
Kids of different ages need to be treated differently, obviously. What is appropriate for one age group is not appropriate for another. Every person also has a different personality type which determines how they should be taught, disciplined and interacted with.
@jessmcclure3288 2 yıl önce
When my kids try and help me parent the other sibling, I tell them "I don't need a hype man, I got this thank you."
@temuville 2 yıl önce
😂😂😂😂 I'm using this!
@teddycuthbert 2 yıl önce
To find a new Ear Biscuit so soon after its uploading is like finding an actual biscuit just moments ago discarded. It’s delicious. There was no reason for it to be discarded. Goodbye.
@tiana3759 Yıl önce
ah the journey of being the elder daughter to becoming the third parent lmao
@emilyedlefson5520 2 yıl önce
I am the oldest of three. My parents have really high expectations for me as well as my youngest sister, but my younger brother (middle child) gets away with a lot because he knows how to get what he wants by being agreeable when they want him to be.
@jam6875 7 aylar önce
''its okay to hit a kid because i love him'' lol great parenting
@potridge 2 yıl önce
I fit a couple of categories in that I am statistically a middle child but my half brother is 8 years older than I am so my memories of him don’t start till I was 5 or 6 years old so he was in high school and not around that much. My younger sister is exactly 2 years younger than me and we were very close. I didn’t get into the whole “what child are you and how did it effect you” until I was a mom with 2 boys. In some instances I think it explains a lot about me now.
@davidismiguel 2 yıl önce
I was finally about to go to sleep then this dropped. Thanks guys, looks like I'll fall asleep to the sunrise now 😂😭
@MaryIsEatingAnApple 2 yıl önce
As an only child of a divorced couple (and adopted by them), I have no 'dad humour' or 'mom humour' (my mom never makes jokes , but she laughs at them). But I have my humour! Which is a mix of everything funny that I enjoy, GMM being at the top.
@mrbanda-fp4dd 2 yıl önce
Love the podcast but it would be great and much appreciated if you guys made a earbiscuts highlights channel for when we can't watch a whole podcast
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