When it comes to your children there is definitely a difference between your first, second and third - let's face it, the second born usually getting the rough deal...
Here are eight things your middle child will definitely understand:
1. Any type of attention is welcomed, even negative attention
Most of their parent’s attention is focused on the older child - think First Born Syndrome here - and of course, the youngest who is the 'baby'. Middle children know they have to go to great lengths for attention this and will do anything to get it. Anything.
2. They are incredibly independent
Left to wander the planet on their own while Mum and Dad focus all their attention on their siblings. The middle child has to basically parent themselves, right?! (at least that's the story they're telling everyone...)
3. They are not allowed do anything
The older child ruined life for them: staying out too late, getting up to mischief and sneaking out of the house has caused parents to up their game when the middle child reaches the same age. For some reason, though, the youngest child is considered a lot more mature because they've grown up alongside older siblings, so it’s back to letting them roam free when they are older. Oh woe is the middle child.
4. They try to get along with everyone
They have had to deal with so many personalities and be the mediator between their other siblings so often at home that they try to get along with everyone. Anything for a peaceful life.
5. They like being alone
They are constantly surrounded by other people so when they get the chance, they love nothing more than sitting in their room alone playing with their toys. Peace is a rare thing when you are a middle child.
6. They will take responsibility for things, even if they didn’t do anything
They have had to deal with the older child blaming them for doing things they didn't and the younger child being too cute to be held responsible, so the middle child just takes the blame - old habits and all that.
7. They love new things
The older child gets the new clothes which are then handed down to the middle child, but by the time the youngest is big enough to fit into them, they are too worn looking. So while everyone in the house gets new clothes, the poor middle child is left stuck with hand-me-downs. This is why they love when they are given new things all of their own. Oh the joys.
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