I originally wrote this series of blog posts on birth order in 2007 on my other Mum’s Word blog, but have reposted on this blog.
I did write a summary post Birth Order: What Does It All Mean? and I’d just like to take the opportunity to add to that post here.
At the time of writing that series I had three children (1 girl, 2 boys). I have since gone onto have another child, a boy who is 4 years younger than my 3rd child.
So by Michael Grose’ rationale my youngest will also have some first born traits because of the four year age gap between my 3rd and 4th children. And sibling rivalry should be at a minimum.
An Early Childhood Nurse had mentioned the same thing to me after I had my second child, two years after I had my first child. She commented that most sibling rivalry occurs when the age gap is closer than three-and-a-half years. But these days with financial pressures and the age of mothers; more children are being born closer together than ever before. I don’t know whether she had any evidence of that or it is just anecdotal evidence through her line of work. Either way, it was an interesting hypothesis that Michael Grose concurs with in his books.
As for my little family of four children, to date, my youngest does seem feisty and my 3rd still acts like the baby of the family. The two eldest haven’t changed much at all with the addition of the 4th child.
If you are interesting in reading the comments from the original Mum’s Word blog please click on these links.