Birth Order

Are you the middle child or maybe first born or only child? Wherever you are in the birth order it tells a lot about your personality. The natural tendency is for parents to push the oldest, while taking a more relaxed approach to later born children. As a father of three, I know that whether it was consciously or subconsciously each child was handled a little bit different. It seems that most of the parental mistakes were made with the first. When the second came along it seemed to be a little bit easier and with the third it seemed that we had the routine down pat. We were more relaxed thereby making our child more relaxed and laid back.

Recently the web site WebMD published some interesting facts about birth order. Did you know that of the first 23 American astronauts who made trips into space 21 were oldest or only children.

A survey by international organizations of CEOs found that 43% of CEOs were firstborn, 33% were middle borns, and 23% were last borns.

Another personality trait is that older siblings tend to be more perfectionists while younger ones tend to be more forgiving.

If you have time take the quiz (10 questions) to see if the answers match with your birth order.

http://www.parents.com/parents/quiz.jsp?catref=cat3550006&quizId=/templatedata/ab/quiz/data/BirthOrderQuiz_03052004.xml

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