Does Order of Birth Matter?


Many psychologists say that birth order affects several aspects of a child’s personality. Here is a quick rundown of some of the differences.

First Born
Firstborns tend to be reliable, conscientious and perfectionists. Over half of U.S presidents were firstborns. Although, they are typically aggressive, many are also compliant people pleasers. Most are model children who have a strong need for approval from anyone in charge.

Only Children
Only children are firstborns to the third degree. They tend to be even more responsible and even bigger perfectionists. Usually they get along better with people older than themselves.

Middle Child
Middle children are the most difficult describe. They often feel like their older brother gets all the glory while their younger sister escapes all discipline. The middle child tends to be more secretive and does not openly share thoughts or feelings. They may not feel they have a special place in the family so friends and peer groups become much more important. They can usually read people well, are peacemakers who see all sides of a situation and can be independent and inventive.

Last Born
Babies of the family are social and outgoing, they are the most financially irresponsible of all birth orders. They just want to have a good time. While lastborns may be charming, they also have the potential to be manipulative, spoiled or babied to the point of helplessness.

Any Exceptions?
There can be several variables can affect the above descriptions. The years between the first and second child, or if the firstborn is a girl and the second a boy, the son will have some first-born characteristics because he is the family’s first male offspring. Also a sibling deaths, adoptions and blended families can also upset the traditional birth order.

In the end all children can be different and have to be parented in different ways.

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