Family influences on birth order

Family influences on birth order

It is rare that a family has all the same gender children which would characteristically fit into the archetypal birth order patterns. To understand a child in a mixed gender family, one must consider the three influences that affect their behaviour and personality.

Three influences on a child's behaviour and personality:

  • Genetic number - the prime influence on a child is called the genetic position. This prefers to the position of the child in the father's line of children - that is, the first or second or third child born to the same father. The genetic position also is defined by the gender of the first child from that father. This means that once a father has given birth to a No. 1 girl, all the subsequent children will be a called a 'girl' even if some are boys. For example, if a father has two girls and then a boy, they will be called a No. 1 girl, a No. 2 girl and yes, even though the third is a boy, he is considered a No. 3 girl. Determine the genetic position of each of your children using the Birth Order Tool. This means that his characteristics are most like a No 3 girl. Of course, he will express this in more boy like ways, but his basic character traits are still going to be compassionate, community orientated and leaning towards careers in health or justice.
  • Gender number - the next most important influence in understanding the characteristics of a child is the gender number. Even though genetic number is primary and has the most influence, a child will also be influenced by the number of children of her own gender. This means that the first girl born in a family, even though she is born after boys, will also reflect the characteristics of a No. 1 girl. The second girl in a family with first born boys, will have secondary characteristics of a No. 2 girl.
  • Social influence - the third factor affecting a child is social dynamics. To understand the complexity of a family using the Birth Order method, there are certain environmental and social factors which create variations that need to be considered.
    These are:
    • Loss of a child through miscarriages or abortions; stillborns or early deaths
    • Blended families and adoptions
    • Grandparents or others in the house

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All information provided courtesy of Denny Johnson & Rayid International