As many already suspect, your birth order in your family contributes to your personality and how you relate to others. According to studies, while firstborns are generally the smartest, they also become the guinea pig of a couple who is only learning how to hold - much less, raise - a child. Here is how the rest of the brood fare according to the sequence they were born:
1. Firstborns Being the first bundle of joy, they naturally have all the love and attention of their parents and relatives. Their every move and milestone would be recorded neatly in a scrapbook, and they are likely to receive the complete set of vaccines compared to their later-born siblings. Firstborns generally enjoy all the good things that their parents could buy. The downside, of course, is that since babies don’t come with a manual, much of their parents’ child-rearing skills (or non-skills) would be based on guesswork. Nonetheless, most firstborns grow up to be natural leaders and achievers, owing to the fact that their parents have high expectations from them.
2. Middle children Middle-borns are said to be the children who never have their parents to themselves, or the spotlight on them for so long. They follow a chain of command from their older sibling, but have to yield to a younger one. These challenges make them the most well-rounded among siblings since they grow up balancing these different roles in the family. As such, they could grow up to become great entrepreneurs because of their skills in listening and negotiating.
3. The Youngest Parents will hold on to “the last” baby in the family as long as they can and become overly protective of them. Last-borns are aware of this and will play it to the hilt. Most of the last-borns enjoy the best of everything, with the generous outpouring of love from their siblings, coupled with the skills and wisdom their parents by now have gained. They are the “happy child,” considered to be the clown in the family - the star - so it’s natural for them to get into the performing arts, or physically riskier fields, like sports.