Can your child’s birth order affect her personality?
WORDS DR NICOLA DAVIES
From an early age, you’ll realise that your baby's personality is unique and over the years, his personality will further develop and shape the person he’ll become.
And one factor that might impact your child’s personality is her
birth order – possibly due to how we tend to raise our firstborn
differently to our second born, and so on.
These children grow up to be dependable, confident, and responsible due to having undivided attention from their parents. They can also be demanding and sensitive for this same reason.
These children often grow up ‘being in charge’ and taking on leadership roles because of the control and attention they have received from their first-time parents. They enjoy solo attention and seek approval, which can result in them not taking rejection or refusal lightly.
These children learn negotiating skills and how to navigate within the family structure as a result of having both elder and younger siblings. They are often good listeners and peace-makers, and are easy to get along with. At the same time, they can have difficulty standing up for themselves and may not be good with decision-making.
Last born children tend to be outgoing extroverts. As a result of being the youngest, they are granted more freedom and independence. Parents by now are confident in their caregiving role and don’t spend as much time fussing over their child’s every need. This makes the last born social and fun-loving, but they can also be attention-seeking at times.