|Birds of a Feather: It looks like|
Middle Children are going the
way of the Dodo.
According to a 2012 National Health Statistics Report, at the beginning of the 19th century the average fertility rate of women in the U.S.was about seven children. By 1960, women were popping out an average of 3.7 kids. And if I’m reading the results of this and various other reports correctly, it looks like it’s now down to around two. GULP. Correct me if I’m wrong, but you need more than two children to have a Middle Child. So as the fertility rate continues to drop, there will be fewer and fewer Middle Children, right? But maybe there’s hope. Maybe this is just an American thing and the rest of the world will save us from extinction! No such luck. Turns out the total fertility rate for the world is also inching towards two. Thanks a lot, world. You’re a big help.
|The End of the Road: things don't|
look good for Middle Children.
NOTE: I’m not very good with numbers. I can barely add. I realize I’m hardly a mathematician let alone a statistician, so if my thinking is off here, someone who can count please, PLEASE, tell me I’m wrong!