1. How dare they publish this:
Predictably, the study set off a swarm of Internet commentary from parents, social scientists and others, speculating about what in families could enrich one child’s intellectual environment more than others’.
Complete and utter B.S. The study didn’t set off the swarm. The NYT putting it on the front page, instead of in Science Times (where it now resides, btw, when you search on it), set off the swarm. They set off their own swarm, period. The Mommy Wars fabrication begins all over again.
2. And, again, not until the end of the article do we get what we really should be told:
The best way to react to the news, some psychologists said, is to relax.
“When parents ask me what to do about this, I always say the same thing: nothing,” said Frank J. Sulloway, a psychologist at the Institute of Personality and Social Research at the University of California, Berkeley, and the author of an editorial in the journal Science that accompanied one of the reports. Another report on the study was published in the journal Intelligence.
“Younger siblings are more likely to take chances,” Dr. Sulloway added, and to challenge the status quo in creative ways.
Bottom line: Change nothing and just be a parent, for goodness sakes.