There are traits that are characteristic of first born children, which differ from middle children and the youngest. These changing personalities are a result of different parenting methods and styles for each child, and are influenced by the role of the other sibling.
I am the youngest of two; I have a sister who is three years older than me. According to this article about birth order and personality, I should be “attention-seeking, fun-loving, manipulative, and outgoing.” My sister follows the website’s tendencies, as she is both reliable and achieving. I’d like to think that I’m not manipulative and attention-seeking like the article suggests, but I am–more so than my sister.
I was curious to how I would act if I had no siblings, and according to the website, only children tend to be “diligent, mature, and conscientious.” That sounds a lot better than being the self-centered baby of the family. Therefore, I can blame my sister for my procrastination and lack of focus in school. I’m not saying that it’s accurate, but having a sibling could very well have affected how I behave, and possibly in a negative way. And the same applies for her. I doubt that these birth order-based dispostions are always accurate. However, it is proven that having no siblings can significantly change how the child acts. My sister has definitely played a large role in my childhood and development. It is not hard to believe that without her, I would be a very different person today.Tags: child developmentpersonalitySiblings