July 30, 2008 -- Several recent scientific studies and articles have suggested that you can predict your child's future personality and health based on season of birth, birth order among siblings and even by body type.
Here's an overview of what some of those studies say:
Only Child: Only children are the mega-movers of the world. They are task-oriented, tend to be extremely well organized, very conscientious and ultimately dependable.
First-Born:First-borns are natural leaders. They are presidents, astronauts and CEOs in overwhelming numbers. They have higher IQs and frequently live with a sense of entitlement and even superiority.
Middle Born: The middle-born tends to be a people-pleaser and usually hates confrontation. Their motto might be "peace at any price." They are usually very calm, will roll with the punches, are amiable, down-to-earth, and great listeners.
Youngest: The youngest child tends to be the world's cheerleaders. As kids they're punished less than their siblings. They have strong people skills and love to entertain and talk to others.
Chubby Babies: Chubby babies tend to grow up less anxious and less prone to depression than thinner babies.
Fall/Winter Babies: Babies born in the fall and winter tend to be more active babies than spring babies and often live longer.
Summer Babies: Babies born in summer often grow up to be leaders and someone others look up to. ¶