Research suggests siblings born two or more years apart will do better.
Every parent wants the best for all their children. But now researchers are suggesting that if parents space the birth of their children by two years or more they will find their kids do much better in school.
The researchers from the University of Notre Dame found that siblings born two or more years apart did better in school with higher reading and math scores than children born closer together. The results were evident when the children got older, not when they were very young.
The researchers used a sample from a group of almost 13,000 youngsters ages 14 to 22. The students were part of a larger group that had been studied since 1979.
The researchers said their study showed that “longer gaps improve test scores in older children, but have no effect on the scores of younger children.”
The researchers say the results arise from the fact that older children get more of their parents’ time when the younger sibling is not born until a few years later. The researchers don’t say that parents should automatically consider delaying births or in some other way try to manipulate births just to achieve the two-year-plus barrier. Other factors go into how a child learns, grows and performs in school. However, it is something to consider when parents start to decide how many children they may want and when.
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