Large Families: Oldest children
Large families are very hard to stereotype because each and every household have different ways to raise their families. As children learn to develop their skills in living a large family, there are always problems in each family, which they tend to overcome with time. However, the question of concern is how do oldest children of a large family get affected by living in large families from emotionally to socially to academically. The experiences of oldest children usually help them to survive in the real world better but as children they might feel neglected, they also gain an upper hand in other aspects of life being first born.
First born and their academic skills
First-born children are generally responsible, assertive, and task-oriented, often rising to leadership positions as adults. They are more frequently mentioned in Who's Who publications than individuals in any other birth position and are overrepresented among members of high ranks in the society. Studies have also found that first-born students are especially vulnerable to stress and tend to seek the approval of others. Research has proven that first born are smarter than their younger siblings and this is mainly due to the fact that their parents have more finances available for their first born to go to college/university. Parents also often wish that these children become successful in their lives because they are the oldest and they usually are the kids that parents tend to think as the most responsible and disciplined child in the family. This also causes some children to hate being the oldest child in the family because they feel that they have to do so much to impress their parents and all the parents expectations are from the first born. In 2007 Norwegian epidemiologists Petter Kristensen and Tor Bjerkedal published work showing a small but reliable negative correlation between IQ and birth order: the older siblings’ one has, the lower one’s IQ....