7 Reasons Why Middle Children are Awesome
Let’s start off with the obvious (to us Middle Kids, anyway):
1. Mediators. Natural peacemakers and peacekeepers.
We’re natural mediators and you need us to mediate any situation or conflict in the family. We’re also the family communicator because we have to translate, interpret, and deliver whatever anyone is saying to someone else in the family so that it’s understandable and peaceful. We take these inherent skills (which we’ve been practicing our whole lives) and bring them to school or work. Chances are, the person you feel drawn to, trust, and seek advice from is probably a mild child!
People will ask a lot if you’re the eldest because your maturity level is so high. Being a Middle Child means understanding everyone and why they do the things they do. You seem to be great at seeing all sides of an issue, not being biased, and being confident and proud of your decisions, so you’re a pro at being independent and a neutral party. You are able to take responsibility for things that go wrong and figure out ways to make them right.
3. You’re self-made. You’ve never been spoiled.
Not saying that your siblings have been, but you’ve never known what it was like to have things exclusive to only you. You grew up always sharing, never having to learn how to suddenly share, and you never had special treatment since you weren’t babied as the last of kin. And you don’t mind. More power to Middle Children!
4. Which is why: You’re always improving.
Your poor older sibling(s) was the first experiment and had to go through all of the hard things first. By the time it was your turn, you already started brainstorming what you could do differently and troubleshooting how to improve. You had to not only set yourself apart, but you also wanted to achieve the goals that you saw your older sibling either get or almost get. Your sibling set the standard, but you pushed yourself to constantly improve where you can.
5. Attitude of Gratitude.
You’re grateful for a lot and want to share with others what you learn because it helped you. You looked up to your older sibling and admired how they did things. They gave you the time of day, taught you everything, and protected you. You’re grateful and will never forget the patience they had with you, so you always want to give back and pass on life lessons to your next sibling(s) and others!
…which brings us to #6:
6. Why you are a Natural Nurturer.
You know how to make people feel comfortable because you know what you would like and how. You’re grateful for being able to observe everything before you set about doing it yourself, and any improvements you’ve made, you want others to have an easier time carrying it on. You know how to explain things in multiple ways and give others credit where credit is due. You know what it’s like when people don’t listen to you even if you have the right answer (and someone else takes credit for it), so you learn the art of helping others feel like they matter.
7. You see the good in people, the opportunity in struggles, and the special exceptions.
You treat everyone with care. You’re both a listener and an advice bank, and because you made yourself stand out in your family, you want others to see how they’re unique and special in their own ways, too!
Your passion and spirit speak for themselves.
This is why Middle Kids are cool! It’s hip to be a Middle Child!
Give yourself or a middle child you know a hug. We like those.