Middle Child's Day is Aug. 12: Is being a middle child really that rough?

ssorich@ledger-enquirer.comAugust 11, 2013 

Finally, a holiday for unappreciated siblings.

Today (Aug. 12) is Middle Child's Day. Don't know how to celebrate? Start by researching the International Middle Child Union.

"The International Middle Child Union, or I.M.C.U., is open for membership to Middle Children of all ages. After all, you never stop being a Middle Child -- even when you're no longer a child. It's the gift that keeps on giving!" according to a post on Smack Dab: A Middle Child's Blog.

A MidKidMouthpiece Twitter account boasts some pretty funny musings. Among my favorites: "If a MiddleChild complains in a forest and there's no one there to hear it...Wait a second, no one listens anyway!!!"

Not all middle children succumb to Jan Brady syndrome. Famous middle children include Madonna, Abraham Lincoln, Charlie Sheen, Martin Luther King Jr. and Charles Darwin, according to a recent Syracuse.com piece.

But is being a middle child really that rough?

I can't speak with authority on the topic, since I'm an oldest child. Still, I don't think all middle children are stuck in a "woe is me" rut.

Just consider "The Secret Power of Middle Children," a recent book that explains how middle children "can harness their unexpected and remarkable abilities."

In a 2012 interview with Psychology Today, a co-author of the book says, "Middles are not embittered wallflowers — they are social beings and great team players. If middles are so resentful and bitter, why are they more cooperative and trusting in their friendships? And why are they such successful leaders? Fifty-two percent of our Presidents been middles."

See, Jan...there's hope after all.

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