I just read a book of "Why Firstborns Rule the World and Last Borns Want to Change It." By Michael Grose.
The conclusion is :
-A child's position in the family impacts his personality, his behavior and his learning.
As the leader of the pack, firstborns often tend to be:
Firstborns bask in their parents' presence, which may explain why they sometimes act like mini-adults. Firstborns are diligent and want to be the best at everything they do. They excel at winning the hearts of their elders.
In general, middle children tend to possess the following characteristics:
· Somewhat rebellious
· Thrives on friendships
· Has large social circle
Famous middles: David Letterman, Richard Nixon, Madonna and Princess Diana.
Youngest children tend to be the most free-spirited due to their parents' increasingly laissez-faire attitude towards parenting the second (or third, or fourth, or fifth...) time around. The baby of the family tends to be:
Famous younglings: Jim Carrey, Billy Crystal, Steve Martin, Cameron Diaz and Rosie O'Donnell.
Being the only child is a unique position in a family. Without any siblings to compete with, the only child monopolizes his parents' attention and resources, not just for a short period of time like a firstborn, but forever. In effect, this makes an only child something like a "super-firstborn": only children have the privilege (and the burden) of having all their parents' support and expectations on their shoulders. Thus, only children tend to be:
· Mature for their age
Famous only children: Jack Welch, Tiger Woods, Alan Greenspan and Maria Sharapova.
My child: Personal teacher/Tutor
My child: Behaviour at school
My child: Grades, grades, grades….
My child: A child's position in the family
My child: Family rules are important