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Melissa Hutsell is an award-winning freelance journalist with a deep rooted passion for both community and international journalism. She was born and raised in Northern California, and has lived, studied, worked, and traveled in more 20 different countries. Melissa holds a Master's degree in Global Journalism from City University London, as well as degrees in Journalism and Globalization from Humboldt State University. Though she covers various topics as both a writer and editor, she specializes in business and cannabis journalism.
Each episode of Drunk Bitches Podcast pairs a topic with a cleverly chosen wine. The hosts –Jamie and Sarah – discuss everything from healthcare, to cannabis, home-buying, and even the 45th parallel in a conversational, fun, informative tone which pairs well with your own drink, and company.
In The Sibling Effect, they focus on birth order, and how having a sibling (or not) impacts us. They sip on Mischief Maker, a cabernet sauvignon made by Middle Sister wines in California.
After discussing vintages and varietals, Jamie and Sarah dive into their own birth orders, and family dynamics. They dissect birth order personalities, asking what we know about them. First-borns, they describe, are typically responsible, reliable, structured, and cautious. They’re also leaders, and achievers. According to a Norwegian study, one host notes, first-borns have IQs 2-3 points higher than their younger siblings.
Middle-born children feel left out in family situations. They thrive in social situations, are people pleasers, and are sort of rebellious. They're often experts at negotiations and compromise.
Youngest kids are the risk-takers, and tend to be more free-spirited. Part of that is attributed to parents becoming more lenient as they have more kids. As a result, 'the babies' can be more attention-seeking, fun-loving, outgoing, but also manipulative.
Twins never act like a middle born, but the first-born or baby, the hosts explain; they're seen as a single unit, but want individuality.
Kids less than 2 years apart are more competitive, studies show. That competiveness is evident in one of the host’s own relationships with her twin sister.
Of course, there are disrupters to these stereotypes, Sarah and Jamie explain; those include age gaps, gender, temperament, and physicality. But no matter how much weight you put into it, it’s interesting to consider what the data says of siblinghood, how it affects personalities – and whether there’s a wine to compliment our birth order.