The family is one of nature's masterpieces.
-George Santayana

In the year 1980, ten percent of parents in the United States raised families with only one child.  By the year 2000, that number had risen to twenty-three percent. There is a number of reasons to cause such a staggering change: the desire of young professionals to focus on their careers, the increasing role of women in the workplace, the increasing cost of living, etc.  No matter what this general reduction in family size has been caused by, it has changed the way that people view the size of an "ideal family" and the notion of birth order.

The idea of birth order is one highly debated amongst present day researchers.  From levels of eventual financial success to general intelligence, numerous studies have been done on the supposed effects of the rather mysterious notion. This study focuses on, first if and secondly how birth order can affect the level of motivation that a child experiences as he or she grows over the years.  

From success in academic fields to performing well in a professional setting, there are many ways by which personal motivation can have a significant impact on defining a person's life.  However, as a point of clarification, this study is not meant to present any conclusions as to how siblings will undoubtedly
turn out, but will instead shed light upon the likeliness of any differences in motivation occurring. 

The children of each new generation are the leaders of tomorrow; and if we can gather a general sense of how birth order might affect their levels of motivation, we can help to ensure that the future is bright for generations to come.