August 12th National Middle Child Day

The professionals say I should resent being the middle child of my family. That I am not the experiment my parents had with the first child and the cute third child that did everything right. Well, I guess I should be resentful, but I’m not. I have a wonderful older sister and an equally as wonderful younger sister. I do feel sorry for those who did not have brothers and sisters, they will never know what they are missing out on.

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Or maybe it’s because my parents were so good at not making us kids feel we were any different, or maybe it’s because my sisters never made me feel like I was in the middle. To be honest I don’t think we even thought about it.

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Now I realize many of you may have had a different experience. Life is full of experiences, they could be good or they could be bad. I often think it’s how we take them more than how they are intended. We need to take in consideration that we are all different people, none of us reacts exactly the same way to any set of circumstances. That said, we all also like to blame someone, or something, else so we do not have to assume the blame for our own faults.

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I doubt animals even realize they are a middle child, or their mothers and fathers realize they even had a middle child. They treat each off spring as that off spring needs to be treated, doing what is required to let it grow. That being said, we are equally as animals. I really do not think that a parent says that’s the middle child so they aren’t as important.

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Today we like to whine and complain, the loudest normally getting what they want. That’s sad. (The middle child is generally the most quiet, or so the experts say) I am not sure who the experts are, I am not sure what studies they undertook, I am not sure if they are a middle child themselves or not. I am not sure that what they think matters or what makes them an expert.  I think we are who we are… but I am proudly no expert.

How to celebrate – Enjoy being the middle child. If you get frustrated by the way your parents treat you, try changing the way you treat them! Spend more time enjoying life, it’s way too easy to find all the things wrong with it.

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August 12th National Middle Child Day

We all know that when there are three or more children in a family there is the first born, the last born and all those in the middle. The oldest child is the one most pampered. All first time parents are so afraid they will do something wrong they dote over the child making sure they suffer nothing. By the time the parents get to the third, or last, child they have learned a thing or two and pretty much anything goes. The child, or children, in the middle get caught somewhere in between.

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The birth order supposedly contributes to the 5 personality traits known to man – extroversion, neuroticism, agreeableness, conscientiousness, and openess.  The oldest child tends to be a leader while the youngest will always be the baby. The middle child, once again being caught in the middle, has to fend for themselves and generally tends to be the most artistic and creative. Probably because they have had to learn to entertain themselves.

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National Middle Child Day was created by Elizabeth Walker in the 1980’s. It was supposed to be the 2nd Saturday of August but somehow got placed on August 12th and has remained there ever since. She created the day to honor her middle son so that he could have special day of his own. It’s about time!  I’m a middle child and I really need a day for myself! Or else…

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… I could get very, very creative!

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How to celebrate – If you have a middle child, let them know they are “special”. If you don’t have a middle child you might want to think about creating one! Tell your middle child that the oldest is really adopted, making them the oldest.