Posted on August 12, 2014
Back in the day, the eldest son was the one who inherited the family estate...the family fortune...even the crown in royal families!
These days, in modern European monarchies such as Belgium, Denmark, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden, it is the eldest CHILD who inherits the crown, not the eldest son. And, let's face it, most of us do not have thrones or kingdoms or even noble titles to pass down to our children—and many modern families split up whatever inheritance they leave equally between their children.
So does that mean that we live in a state of equality about birth order?
No. Not really.
Many people complain that parents tend to treat their firstborn children as “more special” and make ambitious leaders out of them because they give them more responsibility and often more attention.
Many people ALSO complain that parents tend to treat their last children – you know, the “baby of the family” – as more special, and that they coddle and spoil them.
Many people complain that the middle child (or middle children, in large families) are often ignored or at least passed over.
Of course, every family is different, and parents are different, and kids are different—and every time you make a sweeping generalization about firstborn, last-born, or middle children, you will be ignoring millions of counter-examples.
Still, there's no harm in having a bit of fun especially focused on the middle child of the family!
Which is why someone made today Middle Child's Day!
- If you have a brother or sister who is a middle child, or if you are a parent with a middle child, celebrate him or her! Cards, cakes, even small presents are all acceptable. (I want to note here that I am a middle child, and my husband is also a middle child, and we have NEVER received a National Middle Child Day gift or card. LOL!)
|Middle Child's Day cards tend to be more funny than mushy!|
- Take pleasure in Middle Child Masterpiece Theater, courtesy of Jan Brady.
- Check out the blog for middle children, Smack Dab.
Did you know that more than
half of the U.S. presidents
have been "middles"?Some of the many famous middle children include U.S. Presidents Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy; human-rights greats Nelson Mandela, Susan B. Anthony, and Martin Luther King, Jr.; singer / dancer / actress Jennifer Lopez, scientist Charles Darwin; late-night comedian David Letterman; and super-rich business men Warren Buffett and Bill Gates. And the current Dalai Lama. And Princess Diana. And author Ernest Hemingway. And way too many people to list!
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