Birth Order – Part II

My research continued, and I found some interesting trends.
Characteristics of Last Born or the Youngest Child:
These kids, according to a Time magazine article dated Oct. 29, 2007, are likely to be more adventurous and to participate in high-risk sporting events. They may take a turn towards comedy or satire in their professional lives, but those tendencies remain throughout their personal lives also. They get along better with others, especially when compared to the first born child.
The Middle Child’s Characteristics:
Because they are at one time the last born (before the youngest appears), the middle child’s personality changes. They end up being the peacemaker between the “bossy” first born and the “spoiled” last born in the family. They have a tendency to not want to make a decision (needing to please everyone). They are likely less connected to the family unit, being more independent than the others. Also, middle children take longer to choose an occupation, often going completely away from the one chosen by the first born. For example, if the first born chooses a white collar position (doctor, lawyer, etc.), the middle child will look to something not requiring as much education, but still requiring a specialization (firefighter, etc.)
The First Born’s Characteristics:
On an average, the first born is likely to be smarter than the other children. Most experts think it is because with the additional children, parents have less time to interact. Plus, the first born helps the younger siblings with homework, etc., and that reinforces his knowledge base. This is a hard characteristic to prove because family size may have as much to do with intelligence as does birth order. However, the first born is usually very motivated to succeed, and a college education is likely his way of doing so. Because of this, first borns usually earn more money than do his younger siblings. Look at high paying jobs, and one will find a predominance of first born children. They get a great deal of attention from parents and are often considered the “favorite” among the family unit. Think of “Everybody Loves Raymond,” and one will understand this concept.

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