Anyone who has younger siblings things it’s hard to be the oldest. They feel that their younger siblings get away with everything and get whatever they want. It’s also not fair that they have to babysit them as well.
Anyone who is the youngest feels they have it the hardest. They never get to do what their older siblings get to do. It’s just not fair. I too am the youngest. I have five older siblings. I felt that if they could do it then I should be able to as well.
Even though I am the youngest child, I now know better. After having my own children I have come to learn the truth. It sucks being the middle child.
Being the middle child, you tend to hear things like, “your older sister never behaved this way,” and “Why can’t you be more like your older sister?” The older child gets to do everything first. The middle child wants to do everything the oldest child does but can’t. Having a tantrum about it is simply not acceptable, because that is a bad influence on their younger sibling. The younger children are always watching and learning from the older kids. The younger sibling is more likely to get away with have a tantrum.
My 14 year old has been the middle child for eight years now. She has always wanted to be just liker her big sister. Sara took dance lessons and Kalli had to take the same lessons or “it’s just not fair.” Sara plays an instrument and Kalli had to as well. Kalli plays the flute.
Kalli feels like her eight year old sister gets away with everything. They shared a room for the past seven years. Kalli did not like having the responsibility of being the older sister and helping clean up her younger sisters mess. It wasn’t fair that they had to share a bedroom. The two rarely get along. We acknowledge it when they do, because we like and think it’s important to recognize the good behavior that we expect them to have.
Kalli has always tried to get good grades in school just liker her older sister. Kalli has struggled all throughout school. Being the middle child is almost like being stuck in the shadows.
Kalli finally found something she is excellent at doing. Something that is all hers that she does better than anyone else in our house. She is an excellent photographer. She is not a professional yet, but for a 14 year old who just a little of a year ago started taking pictures with her cell phone, she is excellent. So much so that we spent extra on a much better camera for her last Christmas.
I have attached a few of her pictures below. She also has an Instagram @photos.by.kallista .
If you are or have a middle child, mom & dad don’t love you any less. We know it’s not easy. Like the old childhood rhyme goes, “2nd is the best.”