|If you're a Middle Child, welcome to|
the club -- sandwich, that is.
Clearly, I was so blinded by the effects of severe Middle Child Syndrome, I could not see the flaws in my thinking. Does the third of four feel any less neglected than the second of four? What of the Middle of three who ten years later had another sibling? Surely she had been damaged enough in those ten years that she deserves to retain her Middle Child bona fides. Fortunately, over time I have come to see the light. As with all matters of great social import, my thinking has evolved.
If there was any doubt that I have already given way too much thought to the topic, this will convince you. I recently analyzed the varying degrees of Middle Childness across the Middle Child Spectrum, categorized them, and then gave each group a name. I have even made a chart. (Yeah, I’ve definitely given this way too much thought.)
|The Middle Child Spectrum: this is one time|
you don't want a bullseye. Trust me.
Sandwiched Siblings: If you’re not the first-born or the last born, there’s no two ways about it --you’re in the muddled middle. Every Mid Kid falls into this category, making it the largest group of Middle Children by birth on the spectrum. It seems only fitting as misery loves company.
Co-Middlers/Shared Middles: In a family with an even number of siblings, there is no singular Middle, so two receive the honor. The good news? At least you’re not the only Monkey in the Middle. The bad news? You even have to share being a Middle Child!
Smack Dab Middles/Middle Middles: In a family with an odd number of siblings, only one is the very middle of the Middles. They are the lucky winner of birth order Bingo. Or is that loser?
Mono Middle: Welcome to the inner circle of Middle Children. Unlike Middle Middles and Co-Middlers, where the Middles can actually outnumber the first and last born, or at least equal them, a Mono Middle is on their own. They are an island unto themselves, always at the very center -- except, of course, the center of attention.
Finally, you might ask, “What about a Middle Child who doesn’t feel like a Middle Child? What category do they fall into?” I say they are traitors, and there is no place for them on the spectrum! (Hey, my thinking has evolved, but not that much.)