Eric Stromer on the Big Brother Burden
My oldest son, Wyatt, is just amazing with my two younger kids—just really loving and caring, and he goes out of his way to watch out for his little brother and sister.
But there are times when he loses it and becomes like the disgruntled worker, slamming doors, like, "You people are crazy! I can't work under these conditions!" Poor guy. It's a big responsibility being a big brother, and I feel for him. I'm the youngest sibling in my family. I rode my older brother like an old mule, then ran in the other direction. And I can already see that playing out with my own kids. I can tell that Wyatt feels guilty that he's having those feelings of frustration. Part of me wants to jump in and help him out, but the other part thinks, well, Wyatt's just doomed to be an older brother, and that's just the family dynamic—it's inevitable.
Can we as parents do anything to prevent that from happening? Or is it just birth-order roulette?
Eric Stromer's not alone! Read about how Kristi Yamaguchi deals with her oldest daughter's role as big sister.
Besides being a dad, Eric Stromer is best known as the host of Over Your Head on HGTV, and the AOL host of "Do It Yourself with Eric Stromer."