What it’s like to be the youngest of ten kids

My youngest daughter, age 7, has seen her siblings writing posts for me lately and wanted to write one of her own.  I suggested that she tell me what it’s like to be the youngest of 10 siblings.  Here are her words:


Tea Party Annoying.  That’s what it’s like.

I have to be the youngest, and get bossed.  It’s no fair, cuz they getta boss people and I don’t.  The thing that I’m happy about is I have a dog to boss.  And cats. I don’t know, maybe 100 of them.

The thing that I like is that I sometimes get my way, like when I don’t have to eat all my food.   Also, my sister is pregnant and then I will have somebody to boss — their little boy.  I just don’t think its fair that he’s not born yet.  I’m happy because he’s coming soon.


  1. HA! I’m the youngest of 6, and I so understand where you are coming from! I tried to boss around my niece who is two years younger than I am, and I usually was a little too ‘bossy,’ so just be careful! I had to eventually apologize for being so bossy and now that we are in our 30s we are very good friends! I agree that sometimes we “babies” get to get away with stuff (like not eating all our food), but it’s also great to have older siblings who will watch out for you. Plus as a bonus, you get to learn from all of their silly mistakes without making the same ones yourself!
    Enjoy being the youngest!

  2. Your daughter is so sweet and what a nice picture of you both.

  3. Oh, my. Hilarious….

  4. Ha! Now that’s transparency. Bless you for letting her express her true feelings. So many kids would get shut down and be expected to write something “nice.” Despite all her *suffering* she sure has a lovely smile. 🙂

  5. Classic!

  6. Wonderfully said! Thanks for letting her share, Mom!

  7. She is just so precious! She is so cute, I’m sure she gets her way more than she realizes. Just one look from her and I would melt.

  8. Melanie says:

    That is funny! Sooo precious.

    Ha, wait til I show this to my daughter, who is the youngest of only two kids!

  9. Love it!!

  10. Adorable!


  11. Spoken like a true 7 year old! Love it!

  12. Nice!!!!

  13. Great smiles both of you! It’s tough being the baby of the family – my husband is the youngest of 6 and still has his older sisters bossing him, except now he bosses them right back!

  14. Love it!

  15. This is great. 🙂 Although, I have to say, my youngest is by far my bossiest. 😉 Maybe she should just give it a try?

  16. shannon says:

    What a sweetie! I too appreciate her honesty.

  17. My dear girl, I completely understand! I felt quite persecuted as the youngest of 8 as well. However, I now know how I am the most blessed. Just wait until you get to be auntie to a whole BUNCH of babies! I love you 🙂

  18. I was an only child, and so grew up always wanting someone to take the blame for what I was blamed for. I was the youngest in all my school classes, and so I was bossed around. Alot.

    You have a great perspective on it all. I hope those dogs and 100 or so cats listen up. You mean business!

  19. Meklit has only 1 big brother to contend with (he’s 13, she’s 5) but she still hates being bossed–a skill that he exercises all too frequently. Lately, we’ve been reading “I’ll Fix Anthony,” a book about how the tables turn once the protagonist turns 6. Unsurprisingly, my girl adores it. An excellent read-aloud for anyone who is bossed (it was actually a gift to me when I worked for a difficult boss–it’s been a favorite ever since)!

  20. I remember being so relieved that I wasn’t going to be the youngest anymore. When I expressed my feelings, my always charming older sister said, “You would dump being the youngest on someone else.”

  21. My sister-in-law (the youngest of six) always says that when she was born (slightly different in your case), they decided she was perfect and couldn’t do any better and that’s why there’s no more kids. That puts a positive spin on it I think!

    But I realize that it’s not fun being “and ____” on all Christmas cards!

  22. Sounds like my son! We do foster care and used to always have foster kids older than him. He now wants younger kids. Why? So he can boss them around! LOL

  23. LOL!!! I LOVE it! I thought I would read some angelic, life’s-nearly-perfect stuff. That is just something MY kids would say. (We have seven.) Hey! Do you actually have a regular family over there?!

    • Heavens, yes. At any given time at least one of them is convinced the family down the road would be a much better family to live in. 🙂