Stuck in the middle

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If you find yourself with an even amount of older and younger siblings you probably are a middle child, which means you will know the pains of being one.

Being a middle child, you are always stuck in the shadow of your older sibling trying to live up to the expectations they set, while also having to set an example for the younger siblings.

The middle child is never congratulated for their accomplishments because the older sibling already did that. The middle child is never given attention because the younger one needs more attention.

The middle child is never congratulated for their accomplishments because the older sibling already did that. The middle child is never given attention because the younger one needs more attention.”

— AJ Stevenson

As a middle child, I have been nagged by my sister for copying her, and the words “good job” have changed into, “Marta did that too.” 

I have had to deal with my sister setting the bar for how I have to perform, and the constant reminders from her that she has priority over everything on this planet.

I have also had to watch my brother, Kjell, somehow get congratulated for stuff as simple as breathing. I also I have to watch each step I take in his vicinity, because if I disturb him whatsoever a cry of, “Mom!” is let loose.

Overall,  it’s not that bad being a middle child. While you don’t get the most attention from your parents you also don’t have them breathing down your neck, and you don’t have to deal with only younger or older siblings.