I have three kids, aged eleven, nine, and seven. My poor oldest child is the guinea pig when it comes to parenting (as were both his Dad and I). He’s the one who is on the front lines of growing up and we are charged with making sure everything he is exposed to is age-appropriate.
The flip-side of that coin is that he has two younger siblings who live in the same house that he does. He’s old enough to watch/play some things that they are not and how do we balance it? We balance it like it happens in every family (Or, most of them) since the beginning of time. The rules are rigid for the first born, they become a little less strict for the second-born, and the third child has free reign to everything.(We’re not that free with our second and third kids, but it’s definitely a little bit looser.)
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