It’s National Middle Child Day!

threesisters2I couldn’t pass up this opportunity to celebrate myself  (we affirmation-seeking, validation-starved middle borns have so few chances to do that, you know) and all middle children everywhere. At left is me (wearing the most awesome red tennis shoes in the history of red shoes), obviously contemplating my place in the family, as we MC so frequently do.

Not a believer in the DNA of birth order? I urge you to check out Dr. Kevin Leman’s definitive book on the subject. It explains a lot, folks! And if nothing else, provides everyone of us who has been born (you heard me right) with all the excuses they will ever need for anything they will ever do, ever.

Birth Order 2If you want a quick look-see into what researchers and psychologists say about birth order, here’s a pretty succinct article on why you are you, from the perspective of your place in the family. Just like all generalities, there are always exceptions. I suppose there are perfectionist last-borns (though I don’t know any) and clowny first-borns (ditto). But I have found that these researchers are more often hitting the nail on the head.

So, reader, take a look at the characteristics of your birth placement listed on the linked article and let me know what you think. Yay or nay?

And of course, tell me where you fit in the fam!

 

Author: Susan

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  1. Helen McGar on August 12, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    I am the 5th of 9 children. Smack dab in the middle!!

  2. Jenny on August 12, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    I see a lot of my older sister in what describes the first born (especially the bossy part :) ), but not all, and the last born almost fits my younger sister to a T. Although I am the middle child and see a lot of the middle child characteristics in myself, I also see some of the things that are more prevalent in first borns, and interestingly enough, they are the things I don’t see in my first born sister.

  3. Stacey on August 12, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    I’m a first born of three girls. My mom is a first born, as is her mother. My daughter is 4th generation first born. That’s a lotta bossiness in one four-generation photo! :)

    Oh, and my dad and husband are also first borns.

  4. Clair on August 12, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    I am the third of six children and I like being in the middle.

  5. Susan on August 13, 2013 at 3:21 am

    I actually like my place in the birth order, even though I like pretend we MCs have to make our own opportunities and it’s oh so difficult. We actually like it…

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