Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Birth Order Book

Image Birth Order Book
Written by Dr. Kevin Leman
Published at Revell

About the book.

Firstborn? Only child? Middle child? Baby of the family?

Find out what it means to you, your relationships, and your career.

Do you realize that of the first twenty-three astronauts in space, twenty-one were firstborns and the other two were the only child in their family?

Are you aware that many successful entrepreneurs are middle children?

Is it any surprise that most comedians are the youngest child in their family?

It's all about birth order.

Birth order powerfully influences who you are, whom you marry, the job you choose, and the kind of parent you are. And Dr. Kevin Leman's The Birth Order Book will help you understand yourself, get along better with others, overcome ingrained tendencies you never thought you could get rid of, and be more successful in the workplace. This revised and updated edition of Dr. Leman's classic book includes more than thirty years of experience and research, current examples, and fascinating stories to show how birth order impacts your life.

Thousands of people have unlocked the secrets of birth order already. Shouldn't you be one of them?

My Thoughts

This book is definitively an eye opener to me.   I was having trouble with one child earlier this year.  After speaking with a counselor at Focus on the Family, she mentioned that it sounded like I had an extreme strong willed child.   What?  Seriously.  One of the resources she suggested that I read, was The Birth Order Book (along with The Strong-Willed Child).   I have heard about it but had not read it yet.   Through my connections, I was able to receive a copy of the book to review.

This book is a life changer.  Not only do I understand my child better – well make that all of my four kids – but I also understand my husband and myself better.   Let me tell you that it is a life saver in discovering how to deal with your children.

There is a specific chapter on only children – which I am by the way – and  I agree with what he wrote about only kids.   Let me show you what I mean.

The only child has a unique advantage/disadvantage:  he or she has never to compete with siblings for parental attention, favor, or resources.   In this distinction there is good news and bad news.  The good news is that it helps make the only child more confident, articulate, and seemingly on top of things.  The bad news is that he or she has never learned to deal with brothers and sisters.  The only child doesn’t have to share with siblings or to go second sometimes.   It leaves the only child self-centered by default, and depending on how he or she was parented, the confident outer shell may hide someone who feels inferior, is rebellious, and is always trying to prove he or she is good enough.

That's me.  Literally.   I’m the one who never had siblings and when my kids argue with each other, it drives me nuts.   I am also trying to prove that I am good enough.  I feel lacking self-confidence at times and worry if a review was appropriately written or not.  

I will re-read this book regularly just simply because it is packed with fabulous insights and teaching from Dr. Leman.   It is definitively a book that EVERYONE should have in their personal library whether you are a parent or not.   It will help you discover more about yourself, your co-workers, your friends, your husband, and your children.  

Not convinced?  Listen to Dr. Leman sharing about this book.  

The Birth Order Book is available for purchase at your favourite bookstore, even amazon.ca and amazon.com.




Disclaimer: The book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. for review purposes. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

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