It’s the gift of Middle Child Syndrome.
I know in the past I’ve written much about the curse of Middle Child Syndrome. And believe me, at times, it really is. Feeling left out, left alone and left behind -- not so much fun. But in the spirit of the holidays, I’m trying to be positive and looking for the silver lining. And in all honesty, Middle Child Syndrome can sometimes be a useful tool. Like a “Get out of Jail Free” card for bad behavior.
Your wife thinks you’re being more annoying and obnoxious than usual? Your Middle Child Syndrome is acting up!
Yelling at a co-worker because he moved your yogurt to the back of the fridge? Clearly a case of severe Middle Child Syndrome!
So playing the Middle Child card can be a handy crutch. Just like the tee-shirt says, it can be an excuse for almost anything.
Oh, and there’s another benefit to having Middle Child Syndrome. It’s something my brother and sister don't have, so it’s ALL MINE! I don’t ever have to share it with anyone. Yay!!
But remember, unlike the ugly sweater somebody gave you last year, Middle Child Syndrome is a gift you can’t ever return.
Celebrate the season with the Mid Kid Christmas Classic:
"The Middle Child's Night before Christmas."