Does Birth Order Matter?
Whether they're first born, in the middle, the youngest, or the one and only, children all have personality characteristics associated with their birth order.
Having laid out the classic characteristics and tendencies of children born in each birth order position, there are several caveats and exceptions to consider: First of all, gender plays a role. If a firstborn child is a girl and the next is a boy, the scenario that plays out may be more like two firstborn children than that of a first and middle child. The same often holds true if more than a few years separate the birth of two children. Add into the discussion twins, step-siblings, or adopted children, and the possibilities become more complex.
Lastly, and most importantly—it is worth repeating that the order in which a child is born into a family does not have to define a set course in life from which he cannot deviate. By simply understanding the common roles and conditions that typically come into play when a child is born first, middle, or last, you will not only be able to make a conscious effort to raise your own children to be happy, healthy, and well-adjusted, but perhaps you will even gain some insight into why you are the way you are as well.
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