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Birth Order. Ms. Jennifer Lockler Mrs. Lisa McGirt. Did you know…. Before your baby took their first breath, he/she had pre-existing personality traits due to their birth order.

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birth order

Birth Order

Ms. Jennifer Lockler

Mrs. Lisa McGirt

did you know
Did you know…

Before your baby took their first breath, he/she had pre-existing personality traits due

to their birth order.

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Children are the future of the world, and by understanding what influences their personalities, we have a better chance of making the future amazing.

birth order and how it affects children s behavior and personality
Birth Order and How it Affects Children’s Behavior and Personality

Experts through extensive research have come to the conclusion that birth order affects how a child perceives oneself.

The following facts do not apply to all children in every family. However, typical characteristics can be identified based on the order of your child’s birth.

only child
Only Child
  • Pampered and spoiled.
  • Feels incompetent because adults are more capable.
  • Is center of attention; often enjoys position. May feel special.
  • Self-centered.
  • Relies on service from others rather than own efforts.
  • Feels unfairly treated when doesn’t get own way.
  • May refuse to cooperate.
  • Plays “divide and conquer” to get own way.
  • Famous only children include: Nancy Reagan, Chelsea Clinton, Carol Burnett, and Ted Koppel
first child
First Child

Fun Facts:

  • Famous first born children: Walter Conkrite, Dan Rather, Oprah Winfrey, Rush Limbaugh and Arsenio Hall
  • More than 1/2 of the U.S. Presidents were first born children
  • 21 of the 23 first astronauts were first born children
  • 2/3 of entrepreneurs are first born children
  • Is only child for a period of time; used to being center of attention.
  • Believes must gain and hold superiority over other children.
  • Being right, controlling often important.
  • May respond to birth of second child by feeling unloved and neglected.
  • Strives to keep or regain parents’ attention through conformity. If this failed, chooses to misbehave.
  • May develop competent, responsible behavior or become very discouraged.
  • Sometime strives to protect and help others.
  • Strives to please.
  • More likely to go to college than children in any other position in the family.

For many first born children, success is imperative.

twins
Twins
  • Common Leader Traits
  • Resemble first borns
  • Aggressive
  • Loud
  • Outspoken
  • Opinionated
  • Intolerant
  • Common Follower Traits
  • Resemble shy middle child
  • Shy
  • Loner
  • Quiet
  • Blend into the background
  • Undefiant

Twins are often viewed as a set, instead of as individuals.

second child
Second Child

Never has parents’ undivided attention.

Always has sibling ahead who’s more advanced.

Act as if in race, trying to catch up or overtake first child. If first child is “good”, second may become “bad.” Develops abilities first child doesn’t exhibit. If first child is successful, may feel uncertain of self and abilities.

May be rebel.

Often doesn’t like position.

Feels “squeezed” if third child is born.

May push down other siblings.

middle child of three
Middle Child of Three
  • Has neither rights of oldest nor privileges of youngest.
  • Feels like is unfair.
  • Feels unloved, left out, “squeezed.”
  • Feels doesn’t have place in family.
  • Becomes discouraged and “problem child” or elevates self by pushing down other siblings.
  • Is adaptable.
  • Learns to deal with both oldest and youngest sibling.
  • Famous middle born children: Donald Trump, Ted Kennedy, Tim Allen, Julia Roberts, and Rosie O'Donnell

Middle born children, are usually the children with the most friends, and get along best with others

youngest child
Youngest Child
  • Behaves like only child.
  • Feels everyone is bigger and more capable.
  • Expects others to do things, make decision, take responsibility.
  • Feels smallest and weakest. May not be taken seriously.
  • Becomes boss of family in getting service and own way.
  • Develops feelings of inferiority or becomes “speeder” and overtakes older siblings.
  • Remains “The Baby.” Places others in service.
  • If youngest of three, often allies with oldest child against middle child.
  • Famous last born children: Howard Stern, Jay Leno, Ralph Nadar, Bill Gates, and Danny DeVito

Last born children are quite often the life of the party.