People describe being a middle child as having “Middle Child Syndrome,” which makes it sound horrible. Having both older and younger siblings is not a disease. COME ON, PEOPLE. Middle children are actually awesome.
I have three kids and in some ways their personalities fall into classic birth order stereo-types, though in other ways my middle child is super special because he’s the only boy. Example: My oldest is a diligent people-pleaser, while my second is laid back and social. Meanwhile my third rolls through life with honey badger confidence. A lot of research on birth order also talks about how the middle child’s personality is in part formed by a need to be different from the first kid. Therefore first and second borns tend to be very different. This could not be more true in my family.
Since August 12th is Middle Child Day, it seems like a great opportunity to talk about the realities of being one. So we present you with 10 ways you know you’re a middle child.
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