Today's the day that we take a deep dive into the topic of birth order! Were you a first born, middle kid or a last born? Does it matter? Of course it does! Birth order is the number one predictor of personality. Take a listen to the episode and let us know your thoughts. Do your kids fall into the stereotypical birth order patterns? What about you and your siblings? Please text us or leave a voicemail at 858-365-3297. And you can follow The 365 Days Podcast on instagram @365dayspodcast and on Facebook at facebook.com/365dayspodcast. And make sure to sign up to receive the show notes by email. Go to 365daysofcrockpot.com/365-podcast/ Notes from Today's Episode (taken from Dr. Kevin Leman's Birth Order Book) ========== **Firstborns and Only Children** Reliable and conscientious, they tend to be list makers and black-and-white thinkers. They have a keen sense of right and wrong and believe there is a right way to do things. They are natural leaders and achievement oriented. Some words that describe first born chilidren: Perfectionistic, reliable, conscientious, list makers, well organized, hard driving, natural leader, critical, serious, scholarly, logical, doesn’t like surprises “I’m never satisfied--I always think I could do a little better job. I’m always trying harder.” All that attention--the “oohing” and “ahhing,” the spotlight, and the responsibility--adds up to pressure. Oldest children serve as “guinea pigs” for parents who have never done this kind of thing before. No wonder the kids have more than their share of stress. **Middleborns** Middle children are the hardest to pin down of all the birth orders, but they’ll be the opposite of the child above them in the family. If the firstborn is very conventional, the second will be unconventional. Middle children walk to the beat of a different drummer. They are competitive, loyal and big on friendships. Being the middle child means living in a sort of anonymous haziness. But that’s not all bad. If a middle child is anonymous, he can get away with occasional laziness and indifference. He’s not pushed as hard or expected to accomplish quite as much as the one who came before him. The drawback is that without being pushed, he many never fulfill his potential. The middle child of the family is often the negotiator who tries to keep the peace.