Did you know that Bill Gates, Princess Diana, Abraham Lincoln and the Dali Lama were all middle children? Middle children are very independent, highly invested in the welfare of others and are bold and adventurous people. I agree, as a middle child, I would say I am highly invested in the welfare of others. But bold and adventurous? Well, in what context? (I recently tried a new shampoo, does that count?)
According to this new book, as a middle child, I have secret powers…..unexpected and remarkable abilities! Now the authors have my attention. How interesting and ironic that middle children “Think outside the box!” (This is the T-shirt I picked out to review for Snorg Tees.) Coincidence?
What other characteristics are notable in middle children? Middle children don’t like conflict and can let things slide. We can be resentful and envious. Yes, I can be resentful and envious but you would never know it because I would never tell you – I don’t like conflict!
What’s the best way for you to parent your middle child? According to the authors, don’t over-think and stress out about focusing extra attention on your middle child. Just relax! (I don’t have a middle child, but I am very good at relaxing – maybe that’s a middle child thing too.)
Here is a short Today Show clip featuring the authors of “The Secret Power of Middle Children.”
Are you a middle child? Do you have some of the traits mentioned in the video? Or do you have more than two children and worry about your middle child getting enough attention? Please comment!