The discussion around birth order is a truly fascinating one. Should parents always expect their first child to be the organized scholar and the later born child to be the charming trouble maker? In my opinion, family dynamics are far too complex to assign these important characteristics based solely on the sequence of birth. Each family member fulfills a different role within the family and this can change dramatically between different families. The different combinations of boys and girls along with the range of ages within a family and parental involvement are big factors in establishing roles within a family. My father grew up with 4 other siblings and the personality traits seem to be exactly the opposite than what research suggests. His oldest brother was the most free-spirited of the family while his youngest brother went on to be a college professor. However, in my mom's family the roles seem to follow the predictions perfectly.