Sometimes parents treat children differently based on their birth order, so some personality traits become more common in the oldest, the middle and the youngest.

With firstborns, the anxiety is really high. It’s the parent’s first time doing everything. With middle children, parents become a bit more comfortable attending to the needs of their child. They don’t have these unrealistic expectations anymore. Youngest children have older siblings to help look after them.

Oldest children tend to be more responsible, goal-oriented, outspoken, stubborn, and independent. They may also have perfectionistic tendencies.

From the moment the second child is born, they share everything with their older sibling. So they never know what it’s like to have all their parent’s attention. Middle children can become rebellious or try and find other ways of getting people’s attention.

Parents are way more laid back and lenient when it comes to raising the youngest kid. The youngest child tends to get extra attention and this can sometimes keep them from being super independent. They are charismatic, mischievous, and free-spirited.

Listen to Psychologist Susan Woodworth’s chat with Bec and Asa below.