Hierarchy and pecking orders

Every family is hierarchical and it can be this strong pecking order that is necessary for peace Age and wisdom are the most valid reasons for high status within the unit but, like any colony of animals, the question of age dominance is no longer a given once the children get to physical maturity

There's always an underlying sense of alpha supremacy in a family group, where the status is usually decided by size and strength. Often parents take a short-term view when they establish this Kids grow very quickly and each generation seems to get bigger and taller, which can lead to the kind of face-offs that you normally only see in a wildlife setting

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