Which birth order is the MOST SUCCESSFUL and which birth order is the LEAST SUCCESSFUL? Why?
In my experience, the second born are usually the more responsible person in the family. So I'm guessing they will be the most successful. And usually the youngest is the least responsible because expectations from them is low. So I'm also guessing they will be the least successful. The eldest are usually more selfish and when they do things, they usually just do them for themselves and not necessarily for the family. They are either successful or unsuccessful depending on how good they do things.
In small families, it is the oldest child who is the MOST SUCCESSFUL. There are high expectations placed on him/her. H/she is seen as the leader & standard bearer of the family. H/she is encouraged to be a leader, both at home, school, & in other activities. As the oldest, h/she feels that h/she must be first, the best, & to...WIN! H/she is oftentimes an overachiever & ambitious which translates into success in school & later in his/her career.
Conversely, in small families, it is the youngest child who is the LEAST SUCCESSFUL. Although there is more equal treatment of oldest & youngest child in small families, h/she does not have as high expectations placed upon him/her like his/her oldest sibling. H/she is in the more passive role in the family. H/she is comfortable being in the shadow of his/her oldest sibling or perhaps, h/she is so daunted by being in the shadow of his/her oldest sibling, h/she feels like second best & cease trying. Many times, h/she just coasts along in life.
In large families (6-more children per household), it is the youngest child who is the MOST SUCCESSFUL. H/she has myriad opportunities that his/her oldest & older siblings DON'T & WON'T ever have. H/she oftentimes have more fortuitous socioeconomic circumstances where h/she was born so h/she had the opportunity to pursue advanced forms of education. If his/her parents didn't send him/her to college, then it is the oldest & older siblings who sent him/her to college. With an advanced education, h/she will obtain a great job & become successful.
Conversely, in large families, it is the oldest child who is the LEAST SUCCESSFUL. H/she has onerous adult responsibilities placed upon him while still a young child. H/she oftentimes must curtail, even derail his/her goals, placing the family's needs first & foremost. Many times the oldest child must forgo his/her education in order to work to supplement family income. Also, h/she must even curtail his/her aspirations & goals because of other family responsibilities to parents & siblings.
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