Early School Family Life Radio Shows — 21 November 2013
The Middle Child

How to ensure your middle child doesn’t feel squeezed and left out.

The Middle Child

If you’re the parent of more than one child, then you may marvel at the fact that each one of your kids are so different from one another, even though they are from the same parents. Firstborns are often perfectionists; the youngest are often charming.  And middle children are their own type, explains Alyson Schaefer, author of Honey I Wrecked the Kids. “Middle children will tell you that they were sort of invisible in the family, and that they didn’t get the responsibilities of the eldest and they didn’t get the pampering and spoiling of the baby, and they tend to kind of have a chip upon their shoulder.  But the good news is, if that middle child isn’t discouraged, they still take that concern with fairness and they will find a career often in mediation, or law or social activism.”Alyson adds that middle children deserve a little more focus from Mom and Dad. “We have to make a more concerted effort as parents to find the strengths and the interests and build up the relationship with that middle child who is more likely to feel a little squeezed out of the family.”

The Parent Report’s guest expert is Alyson Schaefer, author of Honey I Wrecked the Kids.

Adapted from The Parent Report Radio Show. Any advice or information contained herein should never be a substitute for professional and/or medical advice, diagnosis and treatment. For more information please review Terms of Service.

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