Birth Order Psych Lab 101 - In my house
The impact of birth order on the personalities of our children has been an ongoing source of amusement to us. We have three daughters, spaced almost exactly 2 years apart, and they exhibit the classic signs and symptoms.
One of the most profound and in-your-face examples we have, is in their candy stash. They each have a plastic Halloween bucket that they store their candy in. Every time a sugar based holiday comes around, they generally get way more candy than we let them eat. The idea was to keep the extra candy in the basket, and permit them to have a piece or two every night after dinner, as dessert.
Sounds simple enough, right? One kid, one basket, the same amount of candy added at each infusion and the same amount withdrawn each night. One might think that after a few weeks, each basket would be equally full. (Tank of water, pipe, flow rate, time... I am an engineer... should equal the same amount of water. Or, did I sleep through that lecture?)
Well, it doesn't. Kid #1 has a huge basket of candy. It's so big, in fact, that we had to give her an overflow bag, and more space in the pantry. Her candy even gets old and stale. Sometimes she has to throw it away. You might be thinking, "Well, maybe she doesn't like candy." Oh no, so far from the truth, indeed. She snarfs it down if it's not in the candy control program, like out of the candy dish at Grammy's house. Don't even try to mooch candy from her though. No Way!
I'm proud of her, because she's careful with what she has and knows how to save. She's not wasteful. This is good.
Kid #2 loves candy. She's a carb craver if there ever was one. And, she maintains a trusty candy basket stash. Usually it all fits into one basket, unless it's right after Easter or something. She knows everything that's in there, she's accounted for it all. But, she loves me, too. And I love Reese's peanut butter cups. Mmmmmm... Oh, yeah, the way to a busy mommy's heart, chocolate with peanut butter.... This kid knows the program. She trick-or-treats with efficiency, knowing what that means for the future, and she maxes out on the allowed treats after dinner to satisfy her sweet tooth, too. This is good.Continued on the next page