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.

Have you found this to be true?

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  • Yep I agree, my 2nd much more of a mischevious twinkle in his eye. They are different people so get treated differently – so there is no way to parent 2 children the same.


  • I’m a third born and I wasn’t allowed to get away with anything!


  • I’m the older sibling so I certainly agree with this!


  • My 2nd daughter is heaps naughtier so i can relate to this. Shes a biter haha


  • As a first born I agree haha


  • I really hope this isn’t true for me.


  • My fourth child is the naughtiest. But he is the only boy so that’s my excuse!


  • Lol, so not true for my kids. My oldest child is absolutely my hardest. And much of the naughtiness that happens at home or out is started by her too. My second daughter and son are much easier than her!


  • Certainly not true in my family. Whilst my sister (2nd child) was the rebel, my sister (eldest) is pure evil. Seriously!


  • Definitely the way it was with my boys. He has grown up to be a lovely man though.


  • I can see this being the case with my boys ????


  • Speaking as a second child .. I disagree! And my second child was no more mischievously than my first. I suppose there is always exceptions to every rule


  • My second child was much more mischievous than my first!


  • My second born living child is most stubborn but never a likely candidate for prison. My sister 13 months younger then me is a second born and though very wilful and adventurous is also very protective of all who she cares for.


  • I’m the second child in my family and have been told I’m not the one who has a lot of troubles. Also I have 3 granddaughters and the middle child is the most thoughtful and helpful one.


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