What You Need to Know About Your First-Born

Find out more about your first-born's personality and how he differs from his younger siblings.


First-born kids have some big advantages. As parents photograph them and endlessly 'oooh' and 'aaah' over their every move, they grow up feeling secure and good about themselves. In addition to that special nurturing, first-borns often take charge of younger siblings. That can make them natural leaders. Many of our presidents have been first-borns including George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Bill Clinton. On the downside, well-meaning parents may have unrealistic expectations for a first-born. That can push her to become a perfectionist. And watch out when a younger sibling knocks the eldest off her throne. Losing control of her kingdom may make her resentful, argumentative or aggressive toward a new baby. Here are some tips for raising a first-born. Avoid pressuring and criticizing her excessively. Encourage your child to share her feelings about her younger siblings and support those emotions. Show her baby pictures of herself so she realizes she once received the same care and attention as your little one. Finally, remind her that she'll always be the first even if she has to share the stage with her siblings.

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