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Birth Order

As a self-proclaimed sociologist I'm in love with the idea of birth order and it's correlation to personality traits or lack there of.  I love teaching about the subject and hearing all of the comments from my students..."Oh that is so me and my sister!"  I probably should write 2 posts about this, but I'm not so enjoy this novel!

Tons has been studied and published on birth order with the following tending to be true.


This chart seems to sum up the general qualities nicely. (from my textbook)

Oldest
Middle
Youngest
Confident
Flexible
Risk taker
Perfectionist
Diplomatic
Outgoing
Organized
Independent
Creative
Scholarly
Balanced
Rebellious
Conservative
Generous
persistent

Myself

I am 5 years younger than my brother and to a "T" we are two totally different personalities, yet we still are the same in so many ways.

Me
My Brother (older)
Outgoing
Worrier
Risk taker
Independent
Creative
Persistent
Perfectionist
People pleaser
Scholarly
Generous
Confident
Outgoing


It just so happens that my husband and his brother could fit into the chart above, with my husband being the oldest in his family.  Coincidence or just birth order?

Our Kids

I of course worried about the impact on Alex when Cameron was born and now I worry about how our parenting influences them based upon their birth order.  The husband and I are older, wiser, less scared, more tired and less patient.  That might be a tricky formula.  Then I got even more curious as I observed the impact of my birth order as well as my husband's on our personalities.

It was awesome to see my kids personalities appear so quickly.  I think around 10 months with Alex we really transitioned from he's a "good nurtured" baby to this is who he is.  It was much sooner with Cameron, but that's probably just due to being able to have a comparison right there.  Usually we get told pretty quickly which parent which child resembles the most.  Who knows if these traits will continue, but it is fun to observe!

Cameron
Alex (older)
Social
My “tester”
Moodier
Cuddlier
Observant
Strong willed
Scholarly
Independent player
Shy/Introverted
Organized
Loved Puzzles
Mechanical



I've given this topic lots of thought when contemplating whether or not to add #3 into the mix.    I worry about how the dynamic will ultimately work and what the impact with 3 kids vs. 2 parents more than I do about their birth order screwing them up.

Other factors can also play into it as far as age differences, twins, blended families and adoption. But, when all is said and done it is a combination of factors, both of nature and nurture that will determine my precious one's personalities.  I can't wait to see what the results are.

Do you think your birth order played any into your personality at all?



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