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10 Ways to Tell Your Second Child Apart from Your First

By Meredith Carroll |

There’s just no love in the world like there is for your own child. And just when you think there couldn’t possibly be any more love in your heart, you give birth to your second child, and you’re just about ready to explode with emotion. Yes, you have that much love.

That being said, it’s nearly impossible to give the second child as much attention as the first, especially if the kids are close in age. The older child is usually old enough (read: manipulative) to demand your attention, especially at the precise moment it’s directed at your younger one, and your younger one probably doesn’t have the verbal and physical skills to maintain their desire for your attention quite like your older one.

As a result, it can become quite easy to spot the differences in each child. But just in case, here are 10 ways to tell apart your first and second children:

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Who Says Second Children are Neglected?

First Child vs. Second Child

At first glance they're kind of the same. Until you realize they're so not.

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Meredith C. Carroll is an award-winning columnist and writer based in Aspen, Colorado. She can be found regularly on the Op-Ed page of The Denver Post. From 2005-2012 her other column, "Meredith Pro Tem" ran in several newspapers, as well as occasionally on The Huffington Post since 2009. Read more about her (or don’t, whatever) at her website. Read bio and latest posts → Read Meredith's latest posts →

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