These Facts About Second-Born Kids Prove Birth Order Does Make A Difference
For the majority of my childhood, everyone compared me to my older sister. In my thirties, this hasn't changed much, but since our lives are so vastly disparate from one another, it's much more an apples and oranges comparison. As the second-born child, the expectations my parents had for me weren't the same as the ones they had for my sister. Second-born children have different experiences that shape who they become and how they behave. In celebration of our inherent differences from our other siblings, here are seven surprising facts about second-born children that may change the way you think about your younger kids.
Birth order dynamics have long fascinated researchers. Developmental psychologists, pediatricians, and even economists have weighed in on the importance of birth order on the long-term health and welfare of children. Whether you're looking to determine who in the family will likely be the most combative, or who will do the best in school, there's definitely been a study completed on that subject.
And it's no wonder there's so much interest, given the fact that some of the biggest world-changers are second-born. Everyone from Martin Luther King Jr. to Bill Gates to Jennifer Lopez are second-born (and also middle) children. But how did their birth order shape who they became?