Birthdays are a personal highlight for all of us: when else do you get cake, presents, cards scrawled with loving messages, and all your friends and family singing tunelessly at/to you, eh? Exactly.
But, for those of us who grew up with a September birthday, things may have felt a little different growing up. Your special day coincided with a return to school – and, while a brand-new pencil case and being the oldest in your class could go some way towards making things feel better, it’s hard not to harbour a tiny kernel of resentment for all our lucky classmates who got to celebrate during the holidays.
However, as it turns out, September babies are actually winning at life. Because, according to scientists, those of us who are born in September are generally more successful than e-v-e-r-y-b-o-d-y else.
A new study from researchers at the University of Toronto, the University of Florida, and Northwestern University has revealed that babies born in the month of September tend to be more successful in life. Which, considering the fact that Beyoncé was born 4 September, doesn’t surprise us one little bit.
After studying data from about 1 million public school students born in Florida from 1994 to 2000, they found that those of us who are born in September are more confident, far more likely to go to college and less likely to go to jail for juvenile crimes. Always a plus.
So why might this be?
Well, in England and Wales (as well as many US states), 1 September is the cut-off date for school entry. So when children enter their classrooms, September babies are the oldest in their class.
These extra months often help with academic development and adjustment to school – which means that 80% of girls and 70% of boys born in September reach the expected educational level at age seven in state primary schools in England.
They also tend to receive more encouragement, as they perform so well, which proves a huge self-esteem booster – and their advantage only grows over time.
Unfortunately, though, the same study also found that babies born in August tend to struggle more in school because they are the youngest students and often less mature than their classmates.
It’s good news for September babies, who recently learned that they are the bane of every midwife’s life earlier this week when Mhairi Maharry made an early Christmas appeal, begging people to stop having sex during the festive winter season because it leads to a spike in babies born in September.
“How is it only the 5th of September? I can’t take 25 more days of this. If you know or love a midwife, PLEASE STOP SHAGGING AT CHRISTMAS,” she wrote after a busy first week of the month, adding that the peak date for births is 26th September.
The tweet, which has since been made private, has been liked more than 16,000 times and garnered hundreds of comments since she posted it on Tuesday (12 September), MailOnline reports.
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