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Birth Order Blues: How Parents Can Help their Children Meet the Challenges of their Birth Order

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Birth order has a powerful effect on children's emotional development, on their self-esteem, and on their sense of well-being. The youngest child, the firstborn, the middleborn, twins, and the only child all have specific birth order issues that, if not atted to early on, can impair their functioning and their interpersonal relations at home and at school, and can follow ...more
Paperback, 222 pages
Published May 18th 1999 by Holt Paperbacks
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Malissa
Oct 20, 2016 Malissa rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
Some good suggestions. Repetitious. I skimmed half the book since there was little new/applicable information after that.
Patricia
Nov 18, 2013 Patricia rated it it was amazing
I can't stop talking about this book!! It has really made me think about how I treat my older vs. younger child. Their birth order can strongly shape their personalities, and each birth order position has some pitfalls. This book talks about how parents can help children overcome their individual pitfalls, and also explains some of my kids' behavior that I didn't understand until I read this book. There's a chapter about oldest children, a chapter about youngest, middle, only, twins, etc. and a ...more
Caroline
Apr 21, 2014 Caroline rated it really liked it
A wonderful beginners forray into the world of sibling rivalry with a focus on parental influence and,responsibility. I loved the organisation of the book by age within birth order and the practical suggestions for reducing, preventing and intervening in sibling rivalries.
I did however, find the authors' need to claim every insight pretty irritating as she barely credits Adler at all despite the very obvious and deeply rooted influence of his writings on the author's thinking and writings on bi
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Lindsay Godsey
Jun 12, 2015 Lindsay Godsey rated it it was ok
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The same parenting advice you often hear (communicate, listen, give room for independence, etc.) but its always good to hear it again, this time in the context of several of the common sibling rivalry situations and how to minimize them. One "aha" moment I had was actually realizing some adult traits in myself that were possibly due to my relationship with my sibling growing up.

One thing that really annoyed me was her constant changing around of who the older sibling was (he/she) so it became r
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AM
Oct 12, 2011 AM rated it really liked it
Really interesting stuff. I could see a lot of insights/parallels to relationships in my family circles. (This explains a lot!) I will also be applying what I learned to my relationship with my older child and to the one on the way.
Katie Herring
May 20, 2015 Katie Herring rated it liked it
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Another interesting look into 'birth order.' This novel had more insight on what to do rather than who you are in your birth order personality.

Having kids is some in the probable future, but for now, I'll use this information to understand my brothers better.
Robin
Mar 24, 2012 Robin rated it really liked it
This is a valuable read for parents. It gives some insight into what may be going on behind the scenes with our kids as far as their feelings and resulting behavior.
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