The Middle Child In America Is Going Extinct And Here’s How It Will Affect The World
August 12th was National Middle Child Day. If you are wondering that exactly is that, it is literally the day of the middle child, a phenomenon that is slowly going extinct as more and more families opt for two kids. Like the hawksbill turtle and the mountain gorilla, the American middle child is an endangered species and you can blame it on whomever you want millennials maybe who marry older and have children later too and that too not more than two.
1What a study found
A study in the Pew research center in 1976 noted that 65% of moms between 40 and 44 had three or more children but today almost two-thirds of moms between 40 and 44 have just one or two children at the most. Middle children who were at one time the most populous among birth demographics throughout history is now the tiniest.
2The middle child is disappearing
The middle child is now disappearing and it isn’t something that everyone aspires to be because if the middle child syndrome. In fact, officially, there is no oldest child or youngest child syndrome, there is only the middle child syndrome and not many middle children were even aware of this fact. It is believed that middle children are good mediators who avoid conflict and act as family peacemaker. However, middle children could also be starved for affection.
3What a middle child is defined by
What some middle children feel is that being a middle means to be a defined child by what you are not. A middle child is shaped by what they are not and what they don’t have. Studies say that middle children receive less emotional and financial support from parents. They also enjoy less intimate relationships with parents in comparison to the other siblings. However, as compensation, they also have more friends than their siblings.
4Famous middle class children
There are many famous middle children such as Jennifer Lopez and Warren Buffet. If you consider your favorite TV shows, then think Liza Simpson of the Simpsons or Alex Dunphy of the Modern Family. In real life, there are Pippa Middleton, Anne Hathaway, Owen Wilson, Chris Hemsworth, Jennifer Aniston and Tom Hiddleston. Nelson Mandela and David Letterman are middle children, so was Charles Darwin, Charlotte and Emily Bronte, Martin Luther King Jr and so many more.