The Middle Child Syndrome. It’s the thing that has middle children everywhere wondering about their place in the world. I was a middle child but I was also the only girl so I think that cancels it out.
Our middle child is Chase. He is eight years old. He is the most relaxed and easy going child on the planet. It is for that reason that I think we have allowed the Middle Child Syndrome to sneak in. We really don’t try to leave him out or anything. But apparently, it’s happening.
He had a bit of a melt down last night and when it came down to it, he explained it like this,
“It’s always oldest to youngest or youngest to oldest in this family! WELL WHAT ABOUT THE MIDDLE KID?!”
We apologized profusely for making him feel left out and swore to him that we aren’t trying to do it purposely. We promised to be more aware of it and to let him go first sometimes too.
So last night he got the first piece of dessert. You should have seen the smile on his face.
My encouragement to you today is to think about your middle child. Are you unknowingly making him or her feel second best?
Just something to think about from the Mom who is giving her middle child the first piece of dessert for the rest of his life.