Could the month that your baby is born be a good predictor
of their future success? According to new research from the University of Toronto, Northwestern University and
the University of Florida the answer is YES because all signs point to
September babies being more academically successful once they start school.
Is it because Virgos are known for being analytical, practical and hardworking? No, it
has nothing to do with astrology. It’s about age.
How’s that? Well, researchers studied the
educational data of about 1 million public school students born in Florida from
1994 to 2000. In Florida—as well as in 18 other states—the cut-off
birthdate for starting kindergarten is September 1.
That means that September-born children
are the oldest in their classrooms and therefore the most developed. So it makes sense that a child born in, let’s say, September 2017 will have
a more developed aptitude for learning than a classmate born in August 2018. In fact, previous research has also shown that we might be sending our kids to kindergarten too early, before they're able to keep up with the older kids. They even suggested that kids starting kindergarten at age 6 have better outcomes than kids who start at age 5.
The benefits of having a September birthday
play out way past kindergarten, though. Researchers found that September babies
are more likely to go to college and less likely to go to jail for juvenile
This is great news for September babies and
their parents, but what does this mean for August babies, considering that
researchers found that August-born children had lower test scores, are less
likely to go to college and are more likely to go to jail for a juvenile crime?
Should you buy your August baby a dunce cap
and dress them in stripes just so they get used to their inevitable future? Of
course not—these are all just observations made by researchers. Take the
information and use it to your advantage. If you have an August-born child,
remember that they're going to be among the youngest in their class and might need more help to catch up to their older