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Birth Order

16 Signs You’re The Youngest Child

The Huffington Post | Sasha Bronner | Posted 11.06.2015 | Healthy Living

Younger siblings are part of a very special pack. The youngest child never knew a world in which he or she was the only child. They're used to sharing...

Here's Proof Only Children Aren't Actually Spoiled Brats

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 10.23.2015 | Healthy Living

Psychologist Granville Stanley Hall once (wrongly) said that being an only child "is a disease in itself."  Only children are subject to a b...

Birth Order Might Not Be Such An Important Indicator After All

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Adams | Posted 10.21.2015 | Parents

Academic studies can be fascinating ... and totally confusing. So we decided to strip away all of the scientific jargon and break them down for you.&...

Birth Order Determines Personality? It's A Myth

The Conversation | Nico Pitney | Posted 10.20.2015 | Parents

Anyone with siblings knows they can differ from us in maddening ways. They share our parents and our family history, but their personalities can be s...

How Birth Order Impacts Your Eyesight

Live Science | Erin Schumaker | Posted 10.12.2015 | Healthy Living

Firstborn children may have a slightly higher risk of becoming nearsighted later in life, compared with later-born siblings, new research sugges...

First-Born Women At Higher Risk Of Overweight And Obesity | Anna Almendrala | Posted 08.30.2015 | Healthy Living

By: Sara G. Miller, Live Science Contributor Published: 08/27/2015 10:32 AM EDT on LiveScience Second-born siblings may argue that firstborns get all...

Maybe We Were Wrong About The Link Between Birth Order And Personality

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 07.29.2015 | Science

 Does being an oldest, middle or youngest child shape the person you become?   According to a large body of research on birth order, t...

How Birth Order Affects Your Personality

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 05.15.2015 | Science

Only children have a reputation for being perfectionists and high-achievers, constantly seeking attention and approval from their parents and from oth...

5 Ways Being The Middle Child Helps You In Life

Mommy Nearest | Posted 06.10.2015 | Parents
Mommy Nearest

Recently, I've been trying to focus on how being a middle child is a positive thing and will actually prepare my son for the real world -- more so than being the oldest or youngest.

Ads, Please Stop Hating on Mothers of Onlies

Amber Nichols-Buckley | Posted 04.05.2015 | Parents
Amber Nichols-Buckley

The message that parents get "real" after having multiple children is condescending to parents of onlies and sad for children who are not firstborns.

Middle Child: You're The Good Stuff

Liesl Testwuide | Posted 03.11.2015 | Parents
Liesl Testwuide

"No one likes the middle, Mom. It's a fact. No one ever calls the middle seat. No one wants a middle piece of cake. They want side pieces, the ones with all the frosting. Even you said you don't like the middle, because it's where the gray hair grows outta your head."

Healthy Competition Not So Healthy In Siblings?

Alisa Schindler | Posted 01.21.2015 | Parents
Alisa Schindler

It's hard to draw the line between healthy competition and unhealthy sibling rivalry. I want my kids to be competitive, just not with each other. Yet, I don't know how to stop it.

Can You Really Love Your Second Child As Much As Your First?

Darcy R. Shapiro | Posted 01.13.2015 | Parents
Darcy R. Shapiro

They placed him in my arms and he was tiny and perfect. And he looked up at me and gave me that look -- you know the one. He opened up his eyes and looked straight into mine and I could almost hear him say, "Hi Mom, I've been waiting to meet you."

5 Ways My Second Kid Is Getting Less (And That's OK)

Meredith Hale | Posted 12.03.2014 | Parents
Meredith Hale

I'm constantly witnessing ways in which my toddler son is getting less than his older sister did. And yet, despite the outward appearance of deprivation, I'm discovering that the things he's missing aren't as important as I thought.

6 Things I Let My Third Child Do

Lisa Sadikman | Posted 11.12.2014 | Parents
Lisa Sadikman

I used to get so annoyed when outdoor toys found their way indoors: sand buckets and pool noodles, hula hoops and soccer balls, the tricycle, the scooter. Now, I just take three deep breaths and look away.

5 Things Not To Say To Parents Of An Only Child

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 10.21.2014 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

Let's visit some of the most frequent comments made to parents of "only children" and then we will have some fun with some responses that are intended to leave everyone feeling intact.

Birth Order and How Being the Oldest Stinks

Erica Ford | Posted 10.12.2014 | Parents
Erica Ford

New stuff is pretty much the only advantage you're going to have over your siblings, besides the right to pull rank and boss them around.

You Say Middle, I Say Center

Alisa Schindler | Posted 10.11.2014 | Parents
Alisa Schindler

I wanted to protect him, but the more I focused on him, the more he fought it off. It was like he already had a shield of armor around his heart, which pretty much broke mine. I thought I had sealed his fate and he was punishing me.

5 Ways Your Last Kid Gets The Short End Of The Stick

Melissa Chapman | Posted 08.31.2014 | Parents
Melissa Chapman

4. He doesn't get a front row seat to the live stage show du jour... but he does get to watch anything he wants on TV, which he will be sitting in front of for 16 hours a day.

How Birth Order Affects A Person's Educational Goals

The Huffington Post | Mandy Velez | Posted 04.29.2014 | Parents

Researchers have both speculated and studied how birth order affects kids' personalities in the past, but one study out of the United Kingdom has foun...

The Achiever, the Peacemaker and the Life of the Party: How Birth Order Affects Personality

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 02.22.2014 | Parents
Dr. Gail Gross

I know that no two children have the same set of parents, even though they live in the same family. Why? Because parents are different with each of their children, and no two children ever take the same role.

28 Signs You're Dealing With A Youngest Child

Lian Dolan | Posted 11.08.2013 | Parents
Lian Dolan

7. Has photographic memory of every event that happened to older siblings, including what they were wearing and what Mom yelled.

28 Signs You're Dealing With An Oldest Child

The Huffington Post | Lisa Belkin and Emma Mustich | Posted 11.05.2013 | Parents

Add another data point to the Great Birth Order Debate. Last month, researchers at Duke University and Washington University in St. Louis released the...

How an Only Child Raises Sisters

Carla Molina | Posted 10.12.2013 | Parents
Carla Molina

I can't raise two only children. All I can do is love them each individually and let my love for each be an example of how they should love one another.

What It Means To Be The Third Child

Jennifer Meer | Posted 10.01.2013 | Parents
Jennifer Meer

You will be the third. It will be busy and far more loud and chaotic than anything your brother or sister was born into. You will be expected more than they ever were to do more, learn more on your own. You will never have less of me, but will have a different me than the one they first met.