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National Middle Child Day

Celebrate National Middle Child Day with your siblings - show them extra love and attention to make their day extra special!
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Celebrate National Middle Child Day on August 12 by recognizing the unique and special place that middle children hold in their families! This day was created to honor all of those “forgotten” middle children who may not get as much attention as their siblings. But don't forget, these kids are often creative problem solvers and have a knack for getting along with everyone! So let's show our love to all the middle children out there.

History of National Middle Child Day

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National Middle Child Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1950s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>The "Middle Child Syndrome"</div><div class='timeline-text'>The term "middle child syndrome" appears in psychological literature, detailing perceived disadvantages experienced by middle-born children.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1986</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>National Middle Child Day Created</div><div class='timeline-text'>Elizabeth Walker, a journalist from South Carolina, established National Middle Child Day to celebrate and recognize middle children.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1991</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Book Highlights Middle Child Strengths</div><div class='timeline-text'>"The Secret Power of Middle Children" by Lynn Perlman and Dr. Catherine Salmon is published, highlighting the positive aspects and strengths of middle children.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2001</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Birth Order Studies Challenge Stereotypes</div><div class='timeline-text'>Psychological studies challenge the birth-order stereotypes, indicating that middle children are well-adjusted, independent and empathetic.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2010</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Middle Child's Day Reaches Wider Audience</div><div class='timeline-text'>With the rise of social media, awareness and celebration of National Middle Child Day spreads, reaching a global audience.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Middle Child Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Throw a Middle Child Party</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Organize a party with all the middle children in your family, friends, or neighbourhood and make it special for all the middle kids. Decorate with streamers, balloons, and other age-appropriate decorations.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Present a Gift</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Surprise your middle child with something special that only they will get. Think about their interests and come up with a unique present that is just for them.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Visit a Museum</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take your middle child on a trip to an age appropriate museum such as an art gallery, history museum, or science museum. Let them explore and give them the attention they deserve.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Go on an Adventure</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Plan an adventure that's specific to the middle child's interests. Take them camping, fishing, or rock climbing—whatever will make their day special.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Make a Special Meal</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Cook up a meal that is specifically tailored to your middle child's tastes. Show them how much you care by taking the time to make something special.</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Middle Child Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Middle children have unique personalities</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Middle children often possess qualities that set them apart from their siblings. They can be independent and creative, yet supportive and understanding. Their diverse personalities make it easy to connect with people, particularly since they are usually good at negotiating and finding the common ground between two opposing parties.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Middle children tend to be peacekeepers</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Middle children are usually the most likely to mediate disagreements between their siblings. This trait is incredibly valuable, as it not only keeps the family dynamic balanced but also calms hostilities between those involved in a conflict.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Middle children are great problem solvers</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Since middle children don't typically enjoy being the center of attention, they naturally learn how to become great problem solvers. Over time, they develop skills such as critical thinking, resourcefulness, and ingenuity which allows them to think outside the box when handling difficult situations.</p></div></div>

5 Things You Didn't Know About Middle Children

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Many Successful People are Middle Children</h3><p class='facts-content'>Many successful and influential people around the world are middle children. These include world leaders like President John F. Kennedy and prominent entrepreneurs such as Bill Gates.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Middle Children are Skilled Negotiators</h3><p class='facts-content'>Due to their placement in the birth order, middle children often develop excellent negotiation skills. They learn how to communicate effectively and advocate for themselves to strike a balance between their older and younger siblings.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Middle Children Typically Have Large Social Circles</h3><p class='facts-content'>Middle children often have diverse and wide-ranging social circles. Because they appreciate the values of compromise and adaptability, they can befriend people from different walks of life.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Middle Children Can Be More Empathetic</h3><p class='facts-content'>Research shows that middle children can be more empathetic compared to their siblings. This is because they often have to understand and cater to the perspectives of both their older and younger siblings.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Middle Children Can be More Open-Minded</h3><p class='facts-content'>Middle children are often exposed to the interests and ideas of their older and younger siblings, which leads them to be more open-minded and accepting of different points of view.</p></div></div>

National Middle Child Day FAQs

When is National Middle Child Day?

National Middle Child Day is celebrated on August 12 every year. In 2024 National Middle Child Day will occur on a Monday.

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