What Your Child's Birth Order Says About His Personality (PHOTOS)

Mary Hawkins | Jan 13, 2014 Being a Mom
What Your Child's Birth Order Says About His Personality (PHOTOS)

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I'm sure the idea of whether or not birth order can affect your personality has crossed your mind a time or two -- and honestly, it looks like it might have more of an influence on how we (and our kids) act and conduct ourselves than we thought.

According to some researchers, it all has to do with the fact that moms and dads parent each child differently, which means kids wind up taking on different roles in the family -- giving them their own distinct personalities.

It turns out that most kiddos fall into one of four categories when it comes to how they act based on when they were born.

Take a look at these photos to see which ones fit you and your kids -- and to see if they hit the nail right on the head!

Are you a first born, middle, baby, or only child?


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  • The Achiever -- First Born


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    This really should not come as a surprise, but the eldest child tends to be very responsible, well-behaved, and is a high acheiver -- sometimes to the point of being a perfectionist. They are basically mini-versions of their parents -- because they had so much attention from mom and dad as the first born kid.

  • The Peacemaker -- Middle Child


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    Ahh, yes. The middle. These children are all about being fair. They are understanding and cooperative --  because they wind up getting the least amount of attention from their parents. They go with the flow. But the coolest part of being a middle is that they have solid negotiating and social skills, which sets them up for a bright future.

  • The Life of the Party -- Youngest Child


    Image via Annie Engel/Corbis

    Man. The baby of the family always seems to get away with everything. And that's because parents don't pay as much attention to the youngest -- because they're broken in and seasoned and all that good stuff. Youngest kids tend to be charming, likable, and independent. Interestingly enough, many of them grow up to be actors, musicians, or other careers in showbiz -- because they're used to having more freedom.

  • The Lone Wolf -- Only Child


    Image via Jutta Klee/Corbis

    Not all kids have siblings, and only children tend to be more mature and verbal than other kids the same age. They are resourceful, confident, and are comfortable spending time alone.

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