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  • The 5 Birth Orders and How they Shape your Personality

    It's not just your genes, or the way you were raised, or your zodiac sign which is responsible for the way you are.
    by Lei Dimarucut-Sison .
The 5 Birth Orders and How they Shape your Personality
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  • 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 still learning how to hold (and raise) a child. This is how the rest of the brood fare according to the sequence they were born:

    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 of them.

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    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.

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    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.

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    The only child

    Being the only offspring, they have their parents’ full attention and support. They will also have only their parents as company most of the time, and as such, they mature faster than most kids their age. Because of this, they might not get along well with children from the same age group as they become perfectionists and diligent individuals.

    Twins or multiples

    Being the mirror-image of the other, twins (and multiples) get used to doing everything with their other half, while at the same time struggling to break free from the stereotype. They grow up feeling responsible for the other and this works well for them. Their experiences prepare them to become well-adjusted and secure individuals because of the strong bond they share from birth. 

    Despite these observations, debates are ongoing whether there is indeed a scientific basis for such labels. Ultimately, a good foundation for raising responsible children is rooted in the values that he and his family share. 

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    Sources: www.imom.comwww.time.comwww.parents.com

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