Our expert says:
I am certain that last-born children are not usualyl unwanted ; and though sadly, some children may to some degree be unwanted, by insensitive parents, they may be anywhere within the borth order, depending on other circumstances. It's sad, too, when parents make any child feel they have to earn love and respect, rather than giving it gladly. And to make you keep jumping through hopps hey constructed, and to believe, falsely as it happens, that you have to keep getting their approval. You are obviously an intelligent and skilled woman, qualified in a field that needs many more people, especially women. Your choice of friends is yours, no theirs.
Work towards your independence, and finding out who you want to be, and how to get there from here. You don;'t need to debate it with them, or to convince them. Don't seek conflict, but make it quietly clear that you are quite old enough to be independent, to make up your own mind, and to have at least as much respect and independence as your older sibs. Seeing a counsellor might help you plan this, and to find the confidence to enjoy your well-deserved independence.
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