Year of the Metal Rat — What Parents Need to Know About Kids Born this Year

Expecting a baby this 2020? Here are a few things you need to know about your upcoming rat-child 👶🏻

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Kung Hei Fat Choi! It’s the Chinese New Year once again this coming January 25 and 2020 is the year of the rat, or the metal rat to be specific. If you are expecting a baby this 2020, what does it mean for your child to be born under this sign?

The rat child
Kids born under the sign of the rat are considered sweet and emotionally candid. They might seem shy at first, but rat-babies are natural charmers — perfectly capable of commandeering all the attention in your lives. And if their charm and sweet looks fail them, they can secure the attention they crave via crying fits, clingy behavior, sibling domination, and other quite manipulative tactics that somehow guarantees them that they’ll get what they want.

At the same time, while they do appear easy-going and charming, rat-babies can be susceptible to bouts of tension and aggression that they can also easily mask with their native capacity for self-control. Rat-babies are born with natural leadership qualities plus an innate drive, self-discipline, diligence, and mettle to realize their potential. Their success in life is guaranteed by their ability to withstand difficulties, overcome challenges, and adapt and even thrive to any situation or circumstance. Their innate personal magnetism, intellect, and charm are a big help as well.

Personality traits

  • Inquisitive
  • Clever
  • Disarmingly honest
  • Self-controlled
  • Hard-working
  • Fun-loving
  • Influential
  • Fault-finding
  • Great capacity for love and loyalty
  • Shrewd
  • Clannish
  • Efficient
  • Practical
  • Thrifty
  • Hears opportunity knocking
  • Active
  • Industrious
  • Gossip-loving busybody
  • Packrat or hoarder of sentimental items and souvenirs
  • Can be stingy but also generous to a fault for loved ones

Rat-kids’ natural gifts

Parents of rat-kids can somewhat rest easy as kids born in the year of the rat possess an inherent sense of danger and even defense mechanisms that can ensure their safety.

At the same time, rat-kids have a well-developed sense of economy — having enough sense to save and budget for their wants. Aside from this, they are naturally bright especially in terms of language and reading skills. With the right encouragement, they are capable of being excellent communicators and writers, also thanks to their strong eye for detail, excellent memory, and inquisition and research skills.

Ultimately, your rat child will be born with the ability to attract and earn wealth through cleverness, resourcefulness, perseverance, and a strong work ethic.

Rat-kids and friends

Rat-kids are generally companionable and demonstrative. They cherish their friends and can be quite possessive of friends’ time and attention as they dislike being alone. As friends, they can be loyal and affectionate.

Rat-kids are naturally popular and can make friends across the zodiac signs, especially those born in the year of the Ox, Dragon, and Monkey. However, they can likely clash with those born under the year of the Horse.

Rat-kids and learning

Rat-kids can learn to talk early and are inquisitive from the start. They are naturally ambitious and can be competitive, so it’s easy to encourage them to apply themselves in anything including school. Rat-kids generally love books and are quick to understand the power of the written word. They are achievement-oriented and will most likely work hard to further their education and achieve success in life.

Parenting the rat-child

Here are a few parenting tips if your child is born on the year of the rat:

  • Do not use white lies or any parenting trick to manipulate your child. Chances are they will see right through it (yes, they are that clever).
  • Tread carefully with regards to their space and possessions. You can trust your rat-child to take care of his belongings. But DO NOT assume that you have a parental right over them, so you CANNOT remove or dispose of your rat-child’s toys, clothes, or any other items in his personal space without his permission. Rat kids do not let go of their possessions lightly.
  • Motivate and help as needed. Rat-kids can tend to take on too much too soon as motivated by their inherent desire to excel. Try to help your child through this by encouraging him to focus, allowing him to gain perspective, and motivating him as needed.

The Chinese zodiac is not a sure science, but it can also provide us with some helpful personality insights on kids (and even adults) based on their birthdays. Gong xi fa cai!

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