If you’re expecting a baby this year, the Chinese zodiac can provide useful insights about our children and how best to parent them.

According to the Chinese calendar, 2020 is the Year of the Metal Rat. This year starts on January 25, 2020 and ends on February 11, 2021.

Chinese astrologists believe the year of the Rat is a good one for giving birth. The Metal is a symbol associated with longevity, stability, self-control, and those born this year shall have plenty of great things in their lives.

In Chinese culture, rats have, for a long time, been viewed as a sign of wealth and married couples prayed to them for children.

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Set to welcome a bub in 2020? Accoridng to Chinese astrologists, the Year of the Rat is a goodie for giving birth.

What are the best months to give birth?

If you are set to deliver you little bundle of joy in May, June, July, August and September, these months are considered the best to give birth.

What are the personality traits?

Your child will be optimistic, energetic and resilient. Your Rat child has a kind soul and is honest.

Other traits include: Inquisitve, clever, hard-working, fun-loving, influential, practical, thrifty, active and industrious.

Boys born in the Rat year are clever and adapt quickly to new environments.

Girls born in the Rat year love being organised and place great value on family.

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Girls born in the Year of the Rat love their family, so this little one is set to be the apple of your eye!

Parenting a Rat child

A flexible approach is needed! When given the freedom to develop at their own pace, the “rat” child will repay their parents with their highest achievements. A fun-learning environment is recommended.

The child of the Rat sign loves possessions and has a tendency to hoard items. Their room is a place of security and your child will like it to be kept organised.

Recent years of the Rat are: 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020.