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What You Need to Know About Your Middle Child

Why does your middle child act the way she does? It could be her birth order position. Discover more about her personality.

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It's dinner time, you're feeding the baby, dad is helping your 5th grader with her science project, and suddenly your pre-schooler flings a forkful of mashed potatoes. This is middle child syndrome in action. Many become gifted musicians with a flair for the dramatic like Madonna, Britney Spears and Miley Cyrus. But middle children can also engage in negative attention-seeking behaviors like rebelling against their parents, hanging out with the wrong crowd and dyeing their hair 3 colors. They can also be argumentative, demanding and highly competitive. Here are some tips for raising a middle child. Make sure you set aside some one on one time at least once a week so he doesn't feel neglected. Foster self-esteem and identity by enrolling him in activities that develop skills unique from those of his siblings. And when you're having family discussions, always make sure to ask for his opinion. These simple steps will help your middle child get his share of the spotlight.