My sister and I are five years apart. So, besides elementary school, we were never at the same school together. I resented this when I was younger, because I had to experience everything first and had no idea what to expect. Now, though, I’m glad I was so much older. I feel like it has made me more responsible, and able to adapt to new situations better. Plus, I feel like my sister and I are very different and individual people, yet we are still best friends. My boyfriend and his brother are only 2 years apart, and their relationship is a little different. They experienced things at almost the same time, so they’re more similar in personality. I have another friend who is almost 20 years younger than his sister- and they aren’t very close. So, does that mean that having kids closer together in age is better? Well, not necessarily. Read this post by Hilary at Pulling Curls:
Far spaced children:
-more individual time for each child.
-older kids can help with younger ones
-less comparison between siblings
Close spaced children:
-easier to room together (my sister and I shared a room together…once. It did not go well).
-get it “done”- if your kids are close together, you won’t be in the PTA for 12 years.
-easier to do activities, similar interests. They will be friends when they are younger.
-you have more energy when you are younger.