Today days list is fun generalisations about family.
If you want to write about conflict, families can be a gold mine. Lots of lovely friction points, age gaps and jealousy. Here is a list of some behaviour traits depending on where a character is placed in a family.
Only children - tend to be self-sufficient because they are on their own a lot. They find it easier to get along with adults. An only girl can sometimes be treated like a boy by her father.
Second children - are fiercely competitive with their siblings.
Third - (and middle children) are usually contrary, they have neither the assurance of the oldest nor the advantages of the babies. They have to be different to attract attention. These are the children that may cry it's not fair.
The baby of the family - the stereotype is the child that is petted and spoilt, but they can also be bullied.
Twins - children writers love them. Editors hate them! Use twins with caution.
Other family conflicts to think about:
Mothers and daughters
Mothers and sons
Father and sons
Father and daughter
Things that cause the most friction;
Money - lack of, jealousy about
Attention - favouritism
Raising children - lots here!
Career - who's most successful and why?
The past - grudges and skeletons in the closest
Think about your characters family even if you don't include it in your writing.
This is a fun list. But beware of stereotypes. Make sure you differentiate characters of the same age, sex and background.
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