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Youngest Child Behavior

by Kathryn Hatter

Many kids have their idiosyncrasies and quirks, but birth order might play a larger part in personality than you realize. It might be helpful to analyze some of the actions and behaviors you see in your youngest child to determine whether these behaviors have a connection to your child’s position in the birth order.

Attention-seeking

The youngest child often grows up in the shadow of older siblings, so he might might resort to attention-seeking behaviors to draw the focus of parents. These attention-seeking attempts might be positive -- as in silliness and performing antics -- or they might be negative, such as misbehavior and naughtiness. Your youngest child might be a comedienne or a social butterfly, seeking the attention of people around her.

Common Traits

With everyone older, a youngest child might experience a fair amount of babying and catering from other family members, including older siblings and parents. This indulging might lead to spoiling the youngest child, according to a paper on the West Virginia University Extension website titled "Does Birth Order Really Matter?" A pampered baby of the family might show impatience and a temperamental personality as a result of this coddling. With fewer responsibilities often placed on a youngest child, he is typically more relaxed and easy-going than other children in the family.

Following Tendencies

Because the youngest child often spends his entire life looking up to everyone and learning from everyone around him, it’s common for youngest children to become followers instead of leaders. A youngest child often doesn't get the experience making decisions and choices. Because of the lack of responsibility required or expected from him, a youngest child might try to shift responsibility he does have to other people, according to the Children's Ministry website. If you notice this behavior in a youngest child, step up your expectations of him to instill personal responsibility.

Rebellion

As the youngest child tries to carve her path, she might decide to differentiate herself from older siblings in a major way. It’s not unusual for this differentiation to involve rebellion, according to a paper on the Purdue University Extension website titled "Birth Order: How It Affects Your Life." If older children excel in academia or sports, the youngest child might turn to negative pursuits instead to set herself apart. Watch for manipulation tendencies in the youngest child as she tries to steer people to serve her purposes.

About the Author

Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator, as well as an accomplished gardener, quilter, crocheter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator. As a regular contributor to Natural News, many of Hatter's Internet publications focus on natural health and parenting. Hatter has also had publication on home improvement websites such as Redbeacon.

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