Your first-born child is always better behaved than your second. Research proves it!
Recent research looked at thousands of families in Denmark and America, and found that the second sibling in the family is likely to be more ‘challenging’ than the first child ever was.
Researcher Joseph Doyle, who led the study, also found the second child is likely to have more behavioural issues than a first-born.
The study also found ‘second-born boys are … 20% to 40% more likely to be disciplined in school than their older sibling’ with an increased chance of being arrested!
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John says, ‘The results are remarkable. Second-born children, compared to their older siblings, are much more likely to end up in prison, much more likely to get suspended in school, [and much more likely to] enter juvenile delinquency.’
And apparently it’s all YOUR fault!
The researchers said, ‘We consider differences in parental attention as a potential contributing factor to the gaps in delinquency across the birth order.’
‘The firstborn child has role models who are adults,’ says Doyle. ‘And the second later-born children have role models who are slightly irrational 2-year-old, you know, their older sibling. ‘
I must say I have noticed this to be true with our boys.
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