Myth: First borns are naturally more intelligent.
-A study found in American Psychologist reports that there is no connection between
birth order and intelligence.
- The journal of Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin also states that birth
order and intelligence are not related.
|"D.J. Tanner" from Full House was the first born of the Tanner family
Myth: Middle children feel their position amongst their
siblings is insignificant.
Myth Buster: Although middle children may sometimes
feel misunderstood, many studies on birth order have shown that they are mediators and negotiators amongst their siblings.
Middle children have the best of both worlds because they have the benefit of having an older sibling to look up to
and a younger sibling to look up to them.
|"Stephanie Tanner" is the middle child on Full House in the Tanner family
Myth: The youngest child is generally regarded as being
spoiled, very dependent on others and attention seekers.
Myth Busters: Perhaps within the family environment
the last born child may not take on as many responsibilities due to the "babied" way they are treated, however outside of
the home they are required to be independent and take on different challenges in life without Mom or Dad.
This increases maturity and responsibility so birth order cannot be "blamed" for this behaviour.
This myth is a very broad stereotype regarding the last born child's personality.
|Stewie Griffin from Family Guy is the last born child.
"Human beings are too complex to be stuffed into narrow pigeon holes."
Myth: Children who do not have any siblings tend to
act as miniature adults and exhibit feelings of lonliness.
Myth Buster: Only children
tend to be mature because they are used to being around many adults, however, they do no turn into "miniature adults" because
they are still very creative and imaginative children and they have outside environments such as school which allows
them to interact with other children and peers, giving them a wider social world. Some parents fear their only child
is lonely, especially when they have imaginary friends. According to Parenting and Child Health, "children who
have imaginary friends are [usually] only children, or oldest children in the family; but having an imaginary friend
does not mean that your child is lonely". Having an imaginary friend is a healthy, normal characteristic of
many children whether or not they have siblings.
|"Simba" was the only cub in his family