Middle Child Syndrome [mid-l chahyld sin-drohm]:
1) When a middle child – typically in a family of three kids (OR nine) who are close in age – feels left out or neglected.
NOTE: Because the older sibling is the first born and typically an over-achiever, they are the most important and therefore get the most privileges. A younger sibling is the ‘baby’ of the family and gets away with more as well as being the most looked-after. Middle-child syndrome starts when the middle child is squeezed between these two and has trouble finding their ‘niche’ in the family.
But what happens when you have the eldest who’s nearly the shortest, and the youngest acting as the most mature; how could the middle child be anything LIKE a victim of Middle Child Syndrome?
It’s simple. It’s because she’s not. And this my friends is what we call: a paradox.