Do you have older and younger siblings? Does it make you uncertain about your place in the family? Have you ever felt like you received less time and attention? Are you feeling stuck in the middle? Then have we got a day for you.
August 12 is Middle Children’s Day. It’s a 24-hour event for middle children everywhere. So put away those hand-me-downs and get ready for a day that celebrates those people at the center of any family.
Middle Child Syndrome
It’s a common belief that the oldest and youngest children get more attention from parents. Children born in the middle often complain about feeling neglected and less important than their siblings. Whether that inattentiveness is real or imagined, it can lead to some serious complications.
Middle Child Syndrome causes depression and stress. Some middle children suffer from a lack of focus and motivation. This can happen if parents devote less time to middle children, but it is easily prevented. It’s up to the adults to make sure all their children feel equally loved.
Celebrating The Center
One of the best things about being a middle child is having an older sibling to look after you, and a younger sibling to look after. Sure, siblings aren’t always close, but that’s something brothers and sisters can work on together through the years. A younger sibling may annoy an older child, but as they both get older they can make efforts to establish a positive and caring relationship.
I’m a middle child. While growing up I never even heard of Middle Child Syndrome. Yes, I fought with my brother and my sister. That’s something kids do. But we always looked out for each other. Now that we’re older, we all get along splendidly (though they might give me grief for using the word splendidly). Maybe I’ve been lucky, but I think being the middle child can be a positive thing. Your older sibling helps lead the way. You can learn a lot from them, and then use it to guide and protect your younger siblings.
Happy Middle Children’s Day
I don’t expect my siblings to do anything special for me on August 12. They probably don’t know about Middle Children’s Day. Sure, I’ll probably send them a sarcastic text thanking them for the “great gifts” they sent, but I’ll add a smiley face to show them I’m kidding. But I do want to wish all those other middle children a great holiday.
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