A report out today claims that babies born in August are significantly more likely to fall behind their older classmates in both academic and physical success. The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) compared children born at the end of the academic year (summer months) with those born in the months just prior to Christmas. It found that 7-year-olds performed below average if they were summer babies.
Now I am a winter-baby, and you have all seen how supreemly clever I am. My brother was born in the summer, and he is stupid, so the study is factually correct in our case. The Bug is in Reception; he has been there for 7 weeks, but he still can’t read or write, and he doesn’t know any number sentences – in Mummy-speak that means sums. Funnily enough though, he knows exactly how many Moshi Monster figures he has and always notices if I kidnap one, so maybe he’s cannier than the scientists realise.
I’m not too happy about the other findings though. August babies are more likely to report unhappiness in school, and to have been bullied. I am not having the Bug bossed around by anyone except me. Mummy is nonchalant; she says that since the Bug started school he has metamorphosised from a quiet boy who could be picked on, to a confident child who will not take crap, but who doesn’t need to throw punches. He has been to the 5th birthday parties of boys who can’t speak as well as him, who are constantly timed-out by the teacher, and whose answer to conflict is to lash out.
I wonder how much validity this study has in individual cases. Is my August brother destined to a life of under-achievement? Or will he always be stupid in my eyes only, the curse of any younger brother? I leave you with one thought: apparently a 2005 study of Premiership footballers found that most top players were born in the winter months, proving that winter babies do better in life. But hang on a minute. Aren’t all footballers stupid? That’s what Mummy says….
Mummy has decided to join in with NaBloPoMo at Britmums and BlogHer, meaning that she has to write a blog post every day for the month of November. Yeah right, ‘cos she has, like, so much time on her hands Please don’t unsubscribe – normal patchy service will resume in December!
See you tomorrow!