The Birth Order Of A Child

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In the order of which you are born are so important in some families. In some cultures, the most important order to be in for a child was to be the oldest. Being the oldest, you could be first for the throne or first as a prince or princess. Different spots of birth order create certain differences between children belonging to this or that spot inside the family. These differences show why siblings are not alike. The term siblings are used to identify children who are brothers and sisters coming from that same mom and dad. The commonly known words “sibling rivalry” may be understood as a phenomenon caused directly by the order in which you were born in. From the research of Alfred Adler, the birth order of a child is the predictor of his future characteristics. Adler said that, “the firstborn children are “dethroned” when the next child comes along and that they may never recover from that.” Adler believed that the true reason for the differences between siblings is the desire to be different and have different characteristics, to be individual and not compared to their other sibling, and to stand out from the crowd of other children. Siblings ranging in age are always competing for the love of the mom and dad. Also, the oldest and the youngest always seem to have to fight for power over one another to gain control of the situation. “I’m the oldest, so I’m going to be in charge! “Or you hear the youngest one say, “I’m going tell mom you’re being bossy! You’re not the boss…

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