Year of the Ox for Kids:
The Chinese Zodiac Ox Child Traits, Personality & Characteristics
Ox is the second animal appearing in the Chinese Animal Zodiac. In this culture, the Ox represents steady, hard work. When the Year of the Ox rolls around you may find your Ox-born child focusing on school and potential changes. The overall energy of the Ox is cautious and patient. There is no need to rush to the beginning of the proverbial lunch line, especially if it means overlooking important matters on the way.
The child born in the Chinese Year of the Ox has a strong core that keeps them on a positive path. This is the kid that will spend hours and hours learning to tie shoes because he or she wants independence. This self-reliant streak manifests in other ways too, like trying to make eggs unsupervised. Keep your parental eyes and ears open.
Ox children rarely cry over nothing, and they have little use for noisy fits. They mind their parents and their manners fastidiously. Parents heads up! You are now the Ox-born child’s ultimate role model of how to become an adult.
Compared to the Rat, Ox isn’t a chatty Kathy, nor do they bestow dramatic shows of attention. Hiding true emotions is a common trait in kids born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of Ox. Other common attributes noted for Ox include being systematic, steady, reliable, ritualistic, efficient, logical and conventional.
The physical makeup for the Animal Sign of the Ox is good news for parents. Ox has a great immune system. You will rarely have to worry about ear infections or colds. Those conditions that do manage to sneak by the Ox’s resilient constitution are very short lived.
In Chinese tradition, the Sign of the Ox does not make for a lazy kid. Your Ox will never snivel away from hard work. In fact, any time there is a project this kid wants to jump in with both feet. They may not have all the knowledge they need but learn quickly in order to engage in even more tasks. Why are they like this? They simply believe in themselves. No major angst comes during those teenage years (whew!).
One thing the parent of a youth born under the Chinese Sign of the Ox must remember is this. If you tell an Ox, “let this be our secret” that child would rather walk on rusty nails that give up that confidence. Ox values personal privacy and extends that concept to everyone in his or her life. As you might imagine you will have to teach your little Ox the difference between a good secret and one that might hurt someone.
Ox forms a circle of friends with little fanfare. People trust Ox to be sure and grounded. In many ways, these kids feel older than their years, especially when it comes to trust and faithfulness. The Year of the Ox kids find great joy in playing with the Rooster who helps Ox break out of his box. Ox may also find themselves liking Rat people because they share the same discipline. Meanwhile trying to socialize with a Tiger or Sheep child will make your Ox very uncomfortable. Both signs represent the capricious child whereas Ox’s comfort zone is with predictable events and people.
Once your Ox is ready for the school routine, you don’t have to fret about grades or homework. Teachers love Ox-born kids because they revel in the classroom routines. She enjoys a framework that’s dependable. If there are children in the class intent on mischief, Ox will likely shoot them an intense disapproving stare. Ox takes education seriously and thrives in that environment, in part to prove his merit. He is a “teacher’s pet” kind of kid.
Being the parent of such a firm-minded child often proves challenging. If you fib to a child born in the Year of the Ox or break a promise they will hold a grudge for a very long time. Additionally, Ox is not good at asking for help. He or she sees it as a sign of personal lack or weakness. Parents have to teach Ox that it is ok, and often necessary, to reach out beyond ourselves.
Ox can’t be bribed by flattery. Ox-born youth can be hot-headed when they run out of patience. The normal staid rock of Ox becomes a volcano. Take a wide birth. You can’t talk to your Ox child in this mode. They need a cool off time before you can re-initiate discourse.
In making rules for kids born in the Chinese Year of the Ox, think of it like preparing for a Board presentation. Ox wants to know the whys, hows, etc. Thankfully Ox has a sweet heart and a mind that recognizes sound rationale. Ground rules usually don’t prove terribly hard since Ox prefers routine and consistency. Do not change your Thanksgiving dinner menu!
Your little Ox is quite the caregiver. You will often find them “fixing” stuffed animals and offering help to a friend in need. This is a capacity for which your child, and all those born under the Zodiac Sign of the Ox, was born. He or she has the ability to nurture it into a leadership role by adulthood.
Chinese Zodiac Ox Kids – Girls
A little Ox girl loves thinking about the future. She may obsess over weddings and other happy occasions. Your young one born under the Chinese Animal Sign of the Ox wants the happily ever after not only for herself but for everyone in her circle.
Ox girls are habitual. Adventure isn’t really in their vocabulary. Her dinner menu is tried-n-true (no trying the calamari for her!). She remains dedicated and committed to her goals, and never breaks a promise knowingly.
Parents of the Ox-born girl should help her with the concept of change. Small changes don’t ruffle Ox too much, but anything large (like moving) will put them into a frightful spin. Introduce transitions gently, and (if possible) in small portions.
Like all children influenced by the Sign of the Ox, she can be willful and self-sufficient. Nonetheless, she will respond to your boundaries if they are clear. Keep your expectations consistent and you won’t have many power struggles.
You will find that Ox girls naturally retreat to a private place regularly. They like pondering and the beauty of simplicity. She loves to talk…. And talk…. And talk. In an odd dichotomy, however, if you ask your Ox child a direct question she may have trouble articulating a response.
Chinese Zodiac Ox Kids – Boys
Your young boy Ox is one stubborn handful. They have a tendency toward suspicion that colors nearly every action and encounter. At early ages, boys born in the Chinese Year of the Ox have trouble sharing. They like possessions. One way for parents to handle this is by offering some items that only the Ox uses, like a special cup or a specific toy.
Ox enjoys time with his family and has shy tendencies especially when it comes to girls. This lessens as they grow up, but remains a coy aspect of their personality. In the house, however, you will find the Ox-born boy LOVES teamwork. Have a regular all-in clean-up day and Ox will be there to help.
Educationally, Ox boys aren’t typically the brightest candle on the cake. Nonetheless, they burn with an excellent work ethic. They want to achieve goals, but it may take them longer to get there. In High School you may find that the boy born in the Year of the Ox benefits more from trade-oriented classes than book work. In groups of children, Ox tends to be a follower, not a leader.
This boy always has good convictions. Mind you, once the Ox makes up his mind just get out of the way! This purposefulness can prove difficult for parents, especially when that road may lead to disaster. You may have to step aside and let your little Ox learn a few life lessons in this regard.
Lastly, the boy born under the Sign of the Ox strives to make his family happy and his parents proud. One stray look of disappointment devastates this child. Make sure you balance your criticisms with positivity.
Facts & Metaphysical Associations
- People born in the Year of the Ox have five sub-sets of characteristics. The Metal Ox is busy, energetic and compassionate. Parents need to watch that other children do not use this child’s kindness wrongly. By the way, the Metal Ox has spent his allowance before you even gave it out! The Wood Ox is likewise generous, honorable, and light-hearted. They always look out for the underdog. Water Ox thinks with their hearts rather subjectively. They do well with a Rat companion to balance this nature. Water Ox works hard and strives for justice feeling effort has its own reward. Earth Ox children are very clever, fair and honest. This child cannot lie, they show aptitudes that border on being gifted and have a positive outlook on life in general. The worst thing that can happen to the Ox child is a personal embarrassment. Lastly, the Fire Ox has a keen mind. They sometimes become exuberant, particularly when something proves tempting. This Ox matures more slowly than the other elements.
- Dates: 1997, 2009, 2021….
- Symbol 丑
- Planet: Saturn
- Sacred Stone: Aquamarine
- Season: Winter
- Lucky Numbers: 1, 9
- Element: Earth
- Flowers: Tulip, Evergreen, Peach, Rose
- Cardinal directions: North, South and Southeast
- Colors: Red, Purple, Blue
- Lucky Days: 13th & 27th of Chinese lunar months
- Month: December
- Chakra: Base
- Western “twin”: Taurus