Sunday, January 31, 2010

Multiples and More Question of the Week

Describe your children's personalities, in birth order. Do you think your kids personalities are related to their birth order?

No, I really don't think their birth order has much to do with. I think most of the birth order personality traits come because of their length of time in the family in certain rolls. For example the first born has been around longer so tends to get put in the roll of 'helping' when a new baby comes along. A second child is the baby until a third child is born, then all of a sudden he's not the baby, but he's not the older child that gets to help out either, thus feels kind of lost (creating middle child syndrome.) And I don't think that multiples get the chance to establish those kinds of rolls. I feel like they just grow into their natural personalities. But, that's just my opinion. :0)

Is your baby A any bolder or more dominant than B, C, D?

Yes, my baby A (Addison) has a hard time remembering that she's not in charge of the whole house.

Does your last-born reach milestones last as well?

Actually, my last-born (Kirsten) has reached many of the milestones first, from being the first to cut teeth to the first to wear a bra (of course, Wyatt's not in the running for that.)

Are there any characteristics that you feel are somehow related to birth order?

No, not really. They have such different personalities. And Wyatt and Abigail were born at the same time (c-section) so I don't know what those traits might even be. lol

Do you find that a lot of people like to "classify" your kids? How do you feel about it?

I guess I don't really look at things as classifying them.

I mean, it's not hard to see that Addison is bossy, loves to talk (all the time), and isn't afraid to take charge.

Abigail is very artistic. She has much more talent than the other three and she works hard at it.

Kirsten is very girly. She loves all things glittery and sequencey (probably not a word). Not to say the other girls aren't, but not like Kirsten is.

And Wyatt? He just doesn't care. Unless the girls want to use something that belongs to him. Then he cares a lot.

I don't really think that classifies them or compares them to each other. We all have different strengths and weaknesses. It's true when we're adults and when we're kids.

I guess that means that if it is classifying them, then I must not be bothered by it. lol


Deanna said...

Interesting post! I can't wait to see how my girls' personalities develop. I think you are right about personalities being more related to the role in the familiy than just strictly because one child was born before another.

Angela said...

Enjoyed reading your post on this! Have a great day!

Sadia said...

It's lovely to see you celebrate all your children's strengths!