What parents SIMPLY DON'T and/or WON'T understand about the middle child in the family?
Middle children need as much as any other child in terms of attention, guidance, affection, and even material things. Some parents "forget" this important fact. If one is going to be a parent this detail must be thought through prior to having them and if one cannot provide equal love, attention, affection, perhaps just one or no children would be best.
But no, many parents treat having children like bragging about having various material things and just expect the difficult job of caring for them to "come" to them without thought or effort. For many, the intricacies of parenting never comes to them. Love and affection can be shown in many ways, too many parents "forget" this important fact. Perhaps some parents don't or won't understand that the middle children should be treated just as those who are older or younger are.
For example, when financial circumstances are the exact same if not better and the older and youngest of three are given cars and parents pay for braces for their teeth, why shouldn't the middle child have these things as well?
I'm a middle child. >_<
I was on babysitting duty for most of my childhood so I never had a chance to develop an individual personality. It made me grow up a bit too fast, too soon. I don't think parents realize the weight middle children hold on their shoulders...always trying to be good enough or bad enough to stand out.
Were you the middle child in a medium, medium large, large or very large family?
It was me, a little sis, big bro and mother. Father was there for a tiny bit but left soon after. No uncles aunts cousins or grandparents so we're a pretty small family!
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