by GALTime.com Parenting Pro Michele Borba, Ed. D.
Have more than two kids? Then chances are you've heard one of these comments lately….
"It's like I'm stuck in the middle."
"But I don't want to do things like my sister."
"I want my own stuff not these hand me downs."
"My coach always asks why I can't play like my brother."
Let's face it, middle kids get a bad rap. (I know... my middle kids keep reminding me.) But it seems these middle children also learn valuable skills and perspective because of their unique position in the family. In fact, those "advantages" (as I keep reminding my middle) appear to greatly help them in life. The trick is nurturing those advantages.
The renowned psychologist, Alfred Adler, was one of the first of scores of researchers to study the effects of birth order on siblings. He found that middle kids are generally more creative and flexible because they are trying to be different from their elder and younger siblings. TheyRead More »from 7 Ways to Help Middle Kids Shine