The full version of this post was first published on Parenting.com.
Middle Child Day is August 12, and even though middle children can have it rough, there are some perks that come with the territory.
1. You are born into an all-kids world. When your oldest sibling was born, they lived in an adult-furnished house with adult talk and adult dinner parties. There was glassware and china and wine still lived in cabinets less than 3 feet off the floor. Middle child, you don’t have to deal with any of that crap. By the time you came out, the kitchen was all brightly-colored plasticware, the wine cabinets had already been converted to toddler shoe cubbies and the TV was already comfortable in its constant stream of Barney and Bubble Guppies. “This is a kid’s house!” older sibling proclaimed until they finally got the point. Yes, it is. And now every square inch is covered in toys, and you go to kids’ birthday parties every weekend. As it should be.
2. Your parents made all their mistakes on the first kid. Seriously. You don’t have to worry about your mom trying the cry-it-out method. Then caving. Then cosleeping. Until you kick her out of her own bed and take over said comfy California king for all of eternity. No, middle child, all of that’s already been established before you. You get the spoils and you didn’t have to go into battle. Get it? Yes, it’s awesome.
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