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Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Middle Child Syndrome

When a middle child -
typically of a family of three kids who
are close in age feels left out or neglected.

Because the bigger sibling is the first born
and typically an over-achiever,
they are the most important
and get the most privileges.
A younger sibling is the 'baby' of a family
and gets away with more as well
as being the most looked-after.
Middle-child syndrome starts when
the middle child is squeezed between these two
and have trouble finding their 'niche' in the family.

Middle children will sometimes...
-misbehave to get attention
-go with the flow
-work as little as possible
-be less parent-dependent then their siblings
-become the 'loner' of the family,
not participate in family events unless told to.
-play the peacemaker
-be more likely to go to a friend for advice than a parent
-be very creative

In short its where the older child gets all the awards,
the younger gets all the love,
and the middle gets nothing.
(A real-life example of what happened to my younger sis,
who suffers from middle child syndrome)

Oldest: Hey I just turned 16!
Mom: Lets go pick you out a car!
Oldest: Yay!

-1 1/2 yrs later-

Middle: Hey I just turned 16!
Mom: Oh.. er.. well we're still paying for your sib's car,
so you'll have to just borrow from her when you can..
Middle: =.=""

-2 yrs later-

Youngest: Hey! I just turned 16!
Mom: Yay! And I just finished paying for the other car! Lets go get you a car!
Middle: Hey! I should be the next one to get a new car!
Youngest: but its MY birthday
middle: Thats stupid
mom: Be nice to your little sister on her birthday!!
Come on, birthday-girl! Lets go get that car!
Youngest: WOO!

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