For centuries, humans have held beliefs about the birth order of their children. Some cultures believe that each child is predestined to have certain features and personality traits exclusively because of their birth order. In some countries, birth order is one of the most important factors in determining how to raise a child. Over the years, many researchers have attempted to discover the exact effects of birth order. In general, the vast majority of studies contradict and even debunk many of the traditional ideas around birth order.
One of the most common birth order beliefs is that first-born children are more likely to be dominant and become leaders. This stems from the idea that first-borns take on a leadership role among their siblings. Another common concept is that the youngest children are more playful. Most studies point out that these traits are likely the result of many more factors than simply the order in which a child was born.
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