Sibling Tingz

They're sassy for a reason.

Justine Nguyen, Staff Reporter

Personality and birth order oftentimes go hand-in-hand. This occurs mainly because of the different expectations and treatment children get from parents based on that birth order. The common personality stereotypes that are often associated with birth order may not be true for every single person due to circumstance, but many times, it comes pretty close.

Oldest children tend to be more responsible, mature, and ambitious. This is because they grow up being the first with the attention from their parents and are the first to be born, oftentimes making parenting an experimental process.

Middle children can be peacemakers and often have larger social circles than their siblings. Since the middle child might not get the parental attention an oldest or youngest has, they turn to their friends. This may result in the middle child becoming a social butterfly.

Youngest children are creative and charming, with a manipulative streak and a penchant for seeking attention. By the time the youngest comes along, the parents are more experienced and may be more lax with rules because of the experience they have gained with their previous children. They might get more attention because their older siblings are more self-sufficient by this time and do not need as much attention. Because they are used to the attention, they like to seek it out.

Only children can be very mature and intelligent for their age, as well as conscientious. Out of the three sibling types, they are the most like oldest children. They have their parents’ undivided attention and do not have to compete with siblings for it.

Of course, these are all just stereotypes and do not necessarily fit with all people born in these birth orders (or lack thereof). These are only generalizations, so it is advised to take these stereotypes with a grain of salt. However, if the shoe fits… ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)