Let’s face it, being the middle child sucks, right? You have an older sibling, who you have to somehow live up to; you have a younger sibling, who gets all of the attention, and you are left with no clearly defined role. In fact, ‘Middle Child Syndrome’ is a recognized concept and birth order is believed to impact upon various personality traits.
As the middle child, you’re not the leader, so you aren’t able to have things your own way. You’re also no longer the baby of the family, so you aren’t as protected. And you’re certainly not an excuse for bad behavior. It might seem like nothing ever really goes your way.
Well, no longer. Middle Child’s Day provides a well-deserved day to celebrate those special children who were neither the first-born or the last-born. Finally, a day where you get some attention and love, at the expense of your other siblings.
NATIONAL MIDDLE CHILD DAY HISTORY
Elizabeth Walker created National Middle Children’s Day in the 1980s. The first celebrations took place on the second Saturday in August. However, along the way, it has become generally accepted to celebrate it on August 12th. In a newspaper article submitted by her grandson, Litton Walker, III, Walker stated that she wanted to create a National Day to honor those children “born in the middle of families” who she felt were “left out.” The name was later changed to National Middle Child Day.
5 FASCINATING FACTS ABOUT MIDDLE CHILDREN
Abe Lincoln was a middle child
Over half of U.S. presidents, including John F. Kennedy, were middle children.
We see middle children as the peacemakers
In pop culture, middle children are often portrayed as the level-headed, responsible ones who quietly keep their siblings out of trouble. Think Malcolm Wilkerson, Michael Bluth, and Lisa Simpson.
When Full House’s middle daughter, Stephanie Tanner, feels self-conscious about wearing her new glasses, a guest star from another popular TGIF sitcom stops by to cheer her up and give her a lesson in self-confidence. That guest: Steve Urkel, the bespectacled neighbor from Family Matters.
“Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!”
Jan and Marcia Brady’s rivalry wasn’t just good on-screen chemistry; the two actresses didn’t have a good relationship during filming, and today they’re still not on speaking terms.
Bill Gates started programming as a teen
Microsoft co-founder, philanthropist, and middle child Bill Gates wrote his first computer program as a teenager. It was a version of tic-tac-toe.
NATIONAL MIDDLE CHILD DAY DATES