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Study says First-Born Children Smarter Than Siblings

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(CNN)-- A recent study published by a National Bureau of Economic Research working paper has come to a similar conclusion as other studies when it comes to siblings. The paper says first-born children do better in school than their siblings.

The study says first-born kids get better grades because parents are stricter with them than they are with the younger children. Parents tend to lay down the law when it comes to enforcing TV rules, monitoring homework and even get more upset over bad grades.

Although there were plenty in agreement with the study, CNN found no shortage of parents who vehemently disagreed. 

"I personally don't think that I am 'easier' on my second-born because we have high standards for both our children," said Ashley Fitting of northern California, a parenting and lifestyle blogger and mom to a 4-year-old and 10-month-old.
"I do think that I learned from having my first, and so my second is reaping the benefits of me no longer being a complete hopeless mess of trial and error," she said.

Marc Reiner, a father of two elementary school-age girls in New York City, said while the first child receives "more parenting," he's not so sure it's the "same as better parenting."
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