Birth Order Has An Effect On Children

Psychologists say that the birth order of children in a family influences all aspects of the child’s personality.  There are typical characteristics of birth order, however, there are some exceptions.

If there is a large space between the birth of the first and second child you will need to allow for some cross over of characteristics.  This is also true if the first child is a girl and the second child is a boy.  The boy will have some of the characteristics of a first child since he is the first male in the family.  Other ways the birth order characteristics can be affected is a death in the family, blended families and adoptions.

Usually the first-born child is a natural leader.  They are reliable conscientious people who may tend to be perfectionists.  First born children are people pleasures.  However, they can also be aggressive and they may have a superiority complex These children do not react well to sudad-and-childrprises.  It is important to the first-born child to receive approval from others.  The first-born child is usually an over-achiever who often is successful with a career in management or politics. Over half of the United States Presidents were first born children.

The only child has characteristics similar to the first-born child only these characteristics may be more defined.  The only child may be even more responsible, may be even more of a perfectionist and may get along better with older people than the first born child. Growing up the only child may have been spoiled by the parents and feel attention from adults is normal.  The only child often enjoys being the center of attention.  Only children make excellent friends as they are apt to develop sibling like bonds with their friends.

It can be difficult to stereotype the middle child.  They are often just the opposite of their older siblings.  Middle children sometimes feel the younger children are more spoiled and can break more rules and they feel the older siblings got all the attention.  Middle children tend not to talk about their emotions.  They may be withdrawn and secretive.  Middle children need to be liked by everyone around them.  The middle child tends to be a pleaser who values his friends and can adapt to most any social situation.

The last-born child tends to be a social butterfly.  He is usually very charming and outgoing and is the sibling who has a primary interest in having a good time.  He may be the class clown.  The youngest child does not take anything too seriously.  Instead, he loves fun and laughter and being playful.  The youngest child may not be very good at handling finances.  He may be spoiled and manipulative and may have a problem growing up and being mature. The youngest child can be successful if he finds something he likes and then sticks to it.

Whether you realize or not your birth order has played a role in your life.  It has affected how you relate to your family and friends, your romantic relationships and even your career.