The month your kid was born might seem like nothing more than frivolous trivia, but, according to research, it might have a massive impact on their life. No, not because of Mercury may have been in retrograde or any such astrological nonsense. Rather, it’s because of the dreaded cut-off date that determines what grade a child will be in: Researchers at the University of Toronto, Northwestern University, and the University of Florida recently released a paper that found that children in Florida can be severely affected by whether they were born in August or September.
In Florida, the cut-off date for starting kindergarten falls on September 1. The researchers found that students born in August have “worse elementary school test scores, are less likely to attend college, and more likely to be incarcerated for a juvenile crime.” The test scores, in particular, were significantly lower for kids born in August. This is not anything new but confirms that kids who are young for their grade will struggle to keep up with their older classmates. It also confirms that being born in September puts your kid at a massive advantage.
Since most schools set their cut-off around September, this puts September babies at the front of the metaphorical line. This gives them a huge leg up on their classmates, as even an extra month or two can mean so much for a child’s development and preparedness for learning. Because of this, kids born in September find themselves better equipped to succeed in both the short term and long term.
Weirdly, this is not the only date of birth advantage kids have, as a study found that kids born in January-March are for more likely to play professional hockey than kids born the rest of the year. So if you’re looking to raise an academic and a hockey player, have one kid in September and the other in January. You’re well on your way to creating a super family.