The Role of Birth Order (Part 2)

In part 2 of this entry on birth order, we’ll take a look at some ideas for parenting with birth order in mind.  

Last time, we took a look at the role of birth order in our parenting journey.  Here are a few ideas for parenting with birth order in mind:

  1. Watch your wording.  When disciplining the firstborn child, be aware of not reinforcing perfectionism.  A life-long objective with firstborns is to help them differentiate between the hopeless pursuit of perfection and the satisfying seeking of excellence. 
  2. Avoid making comparisons. Though research suggests that firstborn’s score higher on IQ tests, generally obtain more education, and out earn their siblings, kids never benefit from being compared to a high achieving sibling or elevating a particular strength or ability.  Personality tests reveal that while firstborns outscore in terms of being conscientious, responsible and having strong follow through, laterborns score higher on what’s identified as agreeableness or the ability to get along in the world.
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