Good news for kids born in the month of September – research shows that these babies are more successful than their counterparts in various sphere of life. So, if you are trying to get pregnant, a bit of calculation could add some extra benefits to your child’s future.
A research paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research explains how the age of a child when they start school can give them a boost in their subsequent cognitive development from age six to fifteen. It’s not just about school grades, but also about performance in college and the possibility of incarnation for juvenile crimes.
Most of the grade schools in the majority of states in the U.S., including Washington D.C. keep September as their cut-off birthdate between incoming classes.
The researchers, who belong from the University of Toronto, University of Florida, and Northwestern University, found that being the oldest in the class helps the kid in multiple ways; the most being that they are more developed than the other kids.
Better cognitive development can help children in getting better grades, which could build up and help them to stay ahead of their peers, and in the later phase of life also increase their chances of pursuing higher studies.
Another interesting finding of the research was that while the average grades of babies born in September were better than those born during the other months of the year, students of the same class born 11 months later i.e., in August had the lowest average grades.
Early view📖@bdhuey Figlio @sesp_nu @chriskarbownik & Roth @UFHealthKids present evidence of a positive relationship btw school starting age and children’s cognitive development from ages 6-18. Check out the study on JPAM https://t.co/aO7jjWdD5o pic.twitter.com/imU4KaQbj9— Journal of Policy Analysis and Management (@JPAM_DC) April 19, 2019
Just a month’s difference – August and September, can probably give a leg up on children who are younger but share the same class.
More maturity also means that the kids will be wiser and have lesser chances of being strayed into unlawful activities!
This, however, does not mean that kids born in the latter half of the year should feel demotivated. The difference of few months might not have much difference in the later phase of life; it’s only during the early days of school - when students enter kindergarten or are introduced to a sport, a few months difference can have a significant impact on the children's developmental process.
This research surely give the September babies and their parents a reason to cheer up and cherish their birth month!