I think most of the people I know gave birth to their children last year which means that the children were born during the year of Rat (born after 7 Feb 08). I found this description of the Rat child online. Despite the not-so-nice traits that the Rat child has, I kind of like the positive aspects of his/her personality.
A child born in the year of the Rat will be sweet and loving. He may be shy, but inwardly he is fiercely competitive. Often, he resorts to crying to get more attention and usually clings to one or two people with whom he identifies. Although he has a charming disposition, he is possessive of parents and friends and jealous of attention given to others.
He will talk early. He likes to eat (mention of his favorite foods always makes him light up) and he takes an early interest in cooking and other household chores. Being affectionate and demonstrative, he will not like being left alone. He will enjoy group play, can concentrate on detailed work and make friends easily. You can depend on him to keep things tidy or at least know where they are.
The Rat child will start to show his calculating nature very early in life. He will insist that he get the bigger half of the apple, exactly the same number of cookies as his older brother (preferably more, but under no circumstances less). It will be hard to cheat him on anything. He learns fast and never misses a trick. He takes regular stock of his possessions–so don’t try to give away any of his old toys thinking he won’t miss it. Then again, if you consult him, be prepared for a struggle as the selfish little Rat won’t part with anything easily.
With younger children, the Rat child will tend to be motherly; at his worst, he will boss them around mercilessly. Given the proper encouragement, he will be ambitious in school. He will be most eager to participate in anything that stimulates his sharp mental powers.
The vivacious Rat will be an avid reader. He will learn the importance of the written word early and be able to express himself well. Many of the world’s greatest writers and historians were born in the year of the Rat.