Second-born kids are naughtier than their older siblings - and that's a scientific fact!

A study proves it!

Editor / March 20 2019

Your first-born child is way better behaved than your second, and that’s official according to science.

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.

And if the second-born child is a boy, you'll have your hands REALLY full!

Researcher Joseph Doyle, who led the study, also found the second child is likely to have more behavioural issues than a first-born.

Great. 

 

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Not only that, the study 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!

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.'

Comforting, eh?

And this is apparently down to the level of attention parents give to the second-born child. (Wow, thanks for the parental guilt!)

The researchers said, ‘We consider differences in parental attention as a potential contributing factor to the gaps in delinquency across the birth order.’

But before you panic, there actually isn’t much you can do about this. 

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. ‘

So basically your eldest will teach your youngest all the bad habits they know - fun!

 

 

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Frances Sheen has been a magazine and website journalist & editor for the last 20 years - both in Australia and the UK. She's appeared on countless TV and radio shows to discuss parenting and launched her own social media parenting brand. She's the mum of two little girls and juggles that with a busy working life.