Corn Burning Fool
Ok, I was at a meeting last week and the topic of birth order and personality came up. Being a Cyburbia geek, I knew it was time for a poll.
Well, my birth order I was counting was from my adoptive parents.Dan said:I've got two answers.
1) Only child; that's how I was raised by my adoptive parents.
2) First child of four (I'm 37; they're 33, 30 and 22), when my recently discovered natural brothers and sister are considered.
I'd say that's true. In some ways it was like I had two dads - the authority figure, and the "fun" dad. My brother used to take me along on his record hunting expeditions, and we'd do all kinds of stuff. Later, when he was in college, I'd make sure the house didn't burn down when he threw parties while my parents were away.KMateja said:
Same here, except I have a younger sister, by 2 yrs. who managed to avoid a lot of the parental prying that I went through.nerudite said:I'm the oldest of two. And I must recognize, there was quite a disparity in rules and attention. Everything was very strict for me, and a breeze with my younger brother.
I am 6 1/2 years older than my only sister. I think this is true, in part but also in that amount of time some things change a lot.KMateja said:
My husband, Rob, another Planner is also a first born, with a sister 2 years younger, and they are definitely classic birth order personalities.giff57 said:It looks like the out-going first borns are taking the lead, as I suspected.
I definitely think that for a lot of people, the theory has merit, but also for just as many people it doesn't apply to either - my mom and her sister totally don't fit the birth order theory. Nor my dad and his siblings.Mud Princess said:I don't know about that first-born theory. I'm the youngest of two, but I am far more organized (and, I think, financially responsible) than my sister!
It's the same with my little sister! I can't believe how rude she is to my parents and the things she gets away with! And she doesn't seem to have ever learnt how to be tactful - she always says what she thinks straight off which sometimes leads to offending people.jmf said:
At the same time, I worry/care more about what my parents think, I figure sometimes it just makes life easier while most of the time my sister doesn't think about them at all she just does what she wants.
Me too. Although my siblings are still pretty young (22 and 24), so they really aren't supposed to have any money yet. Christmas and birthday presents are bought by me, and signed by all of us.JNL said:I am probably the most "goal-oriented" of my sibliings and in the best position financially. My oldest and youngest sisters are hopeless with money - they never have any!