9 reasons the youngest child is the smartest of them all

9 reasons the youngest child is the smartest of them all

The older siblings' knowledge and life experiences add to the younger child's intelligence. Being the youngest also makes you more savvy in your social circle

The debate on whether the first-born or the younger sibling is the smarter one has been going on forever. While genetics and environmental factors play a role, here is why the youngest child could be smarter than the rest.

The debate about the first-born or the younger sibling being smarter is still going on (Pexels)
The debate about the first-born or the younger sibling being smarter is still going on (Pexels)

According to a research by economists from the University of Essex the birth order can play a role in determining how successful children turn out to be. Due to the “sibling spillover effect,” the efforts of the older child would positively impact the younger child and result in them outstepping the first-born as they grow up. 

The efforts of the older child positively impact the younger child (Pexels)
The efforts of the older child positively impact the younger child (Pexels)

1. Their memory is exceptional.

The younger child tends to have an exceptional memory, which would be evident with a better to recollect past events. Also, the younger child is more capable of recognizing faces, locations, and find their stuff quicker than the older one. It's possible that they simply were exposed to more faces within and outside the home due to their older siblings' social circle.

The younger child might be able to recognize faces, locations, and find their stuff quicker than the older one (Pexels)
The younger child might be able to recognize faces, locations, and find their stuff quicker than the older one (Pexels)

Well, the first-born would not need to share their stuff in early years until the second one appeared. But the youngest is already born in a household where hand-me-down clothes and things is the norm. That's why they get possessive and tend to have a good memory of where "their" things are lying around. 

The youngest child is more possessive of their things (Pexels)
The youngest child is more possessive of their things (Pexels)

2. They prefer hanging out with an older crowd.


Well, this is not really an option for the younger sibling, since they are invariably surrounded by people older than them. The youngest child would easily be able to make friends with children older than them because of this early exposure.

The youngest child would easily be able to make friends with children older than them (Pexels)
The youngest child would easily be able to make friends with children older than them (Pexels)

Smarter people tend to prefer the company of people older, since their IQ and emotional maturity match those with more years of experience. The youngest kid is also likely to strike up conversations with older people more easily than others. 

The younger child would prefer the company of older people since it serves as a learning experience (Pexels)
The younger child would prefer the company of older people since it serves as a learning experience (Pexels)

3. They can establish a good rapport.

In addition to being comfortable around elders, the younger child jas the ability to hold engaging conversations with people. The knowledge they gain from folks older than them adds to their wisdom and makes them wiser. 

The younger child can maintain a good conversation with people they talk to (Pexels)
The younger child can maintain a good conversation with people they talk to (Pexels)

They also possess the skill to switch conversations based on who they are talking to—a skill developed at an early age by living with older siblings.

The influx of information enables them to be street-smart and a smooth talker (Pexels)
The influx of information enables them to be street-smart and a smooth talker (Pexels)

4. They do not sleep well.

The survival instinct that is triggered would lead to various thoughts floating through their mind, which makes them poor sleepers (Pixabay)
The survival instinct that is triggered would lead to various thoughts floating through their mind, which makes them poor sleepers (Pixabay)


Since the younger child is not pampered as much as the older child, they have to look out for themselves in multiple instances. Well, this survival instinct often leads them to think constantly, making them poor sleepers.

5. They have a bold personality.


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The youngest of them all learns to ask for what they want. This makes them fearless when it comes to social situations. They also pick strategies that seem to work for their older siblings and learn from others mistakes.

6. They can be super sensitive.

The younger child is often super sensitive and there are times when the most trivial of issues can affect them (Pixabay)
The younger child is often super sensitive and there are times when the most trivial of issues can affect them (Pixabay)


The younger child is often super sensitive and there are times when the most trivial of issues can affect them. For instance, if your child missed an A in a class by a few scores then it would bother them more than necessary. Well, this stems from the idea that they want things to turn out just as planned.

7. They love their hobbies.

The younger child loves their hobbies unusually and this could be a sign of an exceptional talent (Pexels)
The younger child loves their hobbies unusually and this could be a sign of an exceptional talent (Pexels)


Everyone has something specific that keeps them fascinated and enthusiastic. But if you are the youngest kid, you tend to enjoy your hobbies more passionately than others. This also leads you to work on your talent and make it into an exceptional skill. 

8. They tend to be clumsy.


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Because they have a lot running in their head, they pay less focus to the environment. They are constantly thinking about future decisions they need to make and tend to zone out from their present situation.

9. They tend to make correlations with information.

As a consequence of their analytical skills and ability to mingle with other age groups, they draw inferences from seemingly unrelated details. Information is never simple for them, they tend to decode and find the underlying message that it entails.

Information is never simple for them, they tend to decode and find the underlying message that it entails (Pexels)
Information is never simple for them, they tend to decode and find the underlying message that it entails (Pexels)

Experts believe this is because the youngest child often has a lot more stimuli at home. Their older sibling talking about sports, a parent talking about the weather, and another member talking about politics. They assimilate all this to form a sense of meaning within their own head.

They tend to draw correlations between information, actions and other data from a very young age (Pexels)
They tend to draw correlations between information, actions, and other data from a very young age (Pexels)

Irrespective of your birth order, your intelligence and emotional maturity are shaped by personal experiences to a large extent. If you are the youngest sibling, you are likely to identify with a lot of these factors. However, there are exceptions when it comes to being introverted or extroverted. 

Apart from external factors, the family dynamics play a huge role. So if you were the youngest, yet the one to take up more responsibilities, this would impact your adult roles as a partner and parent. Similarly, if you grew up with everything provided to you with least effort at your end, this impacts how you view the world and people as an adult.

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