According to research by economist Joseph Price of Brigham Young University, first-born children are, not surprisingly, given more of their parents’ time than are younger siblings. If it is time that makes the difference in children’s academic performance, could this be the reason many homeschooled children test well and are successful in college? Are homeschooled kids receiving ‘first-born time?’
Quality time seems stacked in favor of firstborns, 22 March 2008, Washington Post, Washington, D.C.
Within this familiar progression of family life, new research has confirmed what some parents recognize and others quietly fear: Their firstborn children get more of their time than others in the family — on average, 3,000 extra “quality” hours from ages 4 to 13, when sisters and brothers are in the picture.
Some parents find themselves surprised by the lopsided time log, but the big question, experts say, is whether this difference helps explain findings that show firstborn children get better test scores, more education and higher-paying jobs.
“I certainly think it advances our understanding,” said Sandra Black, an economist at the University of California at Los Angeles, who has studied birth order and achievement. Although the reasons for firstborns’ success have not been fully explored, she said, the study provides one plausible explanation
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