Before there was terminology like "Alpha" and "Beta," there were simply leaders and followers. You have probably heard labels like this thrown around in workplace settings and in self-help books. The Alphas are the bosses; strong, good-looking, and virile. Betas are considered second-fiddles; the followers. But, psychologists now believe that western society's obsession with raising alpha children is leading to a future of adults who are not well-rounded and don't know how to deal with failure. There may be some early signs your child will be a Beta, and you know what? That's totally OK.
According to the Australian website Kidspot, parents who are determined to raise alpha children have created a generation of egos competing for attention. Kids today are raised to feel that they must be at the top. But, how does any system run without a form of hierarchy? Kids are not being taught to work together, but to be the best and overshadow others. Psychologist Virginia Williams from the University of Wollongong told Kidspot that many alpha kids end up with social problems because they are bossy. If they believe and act as though they are never wrong, other kids won’t be able to relate to them.
It's important for there to be leaders and followers, and for everyone to work together. If your kid isn't an alpha, that's OK. Here are some signs your child will grow up to be a totally awesome beta.