What day is National Middle Child Day celebrated? August 12.
What is National Middle Child Day? National Middle Child Day recognizes the importance and special place of all middle children, who are neither the youngest or oldest sibling.
Researchers have long suggested that middle children have a tough time growing up and even came up with labels such as “middle child syndrome.” It may be true that many middle children sometimes get misunderstood, neglected and underestimated. However, new research shows that being a middle child has its own benefits.
Here are 8 benefits of being a middle child according to one source:
- They’re emotionally strong and less prone to be diagnosed with disorders like ADHD.
- Middles are risk-takers, often going against the grain to achieve what they want.
- Diplomatic and self-aware, middles are good team players.
- When they’re surrounded by older and younger siblings, middles have to constantly compete for attention and resources – which makes them good negotiators and peacemakers.
- Highly devoted and faithful, middles are marriage material.
- Firstborns have always been labeled as the smartest in the family, but a research published earlier this year found that firstborns’ IQs are only one point higher — a fairly negligible difference!
- Because they have an older and younger sibling, middles essentially get to experience the best of both worlds.
- Middle children are more likely than their siblings to be successful and enjoy strong social lives and flourishing careers (especially in business and politics).
How to celebrate: Use this day to honor those children “born in the middle of families” who sometimes feel left out. Whether you are a parent or sibling, tell each middle child in your family that they are valued, special, and dearly loved. If you live close, spend time together. Otherwise, send a card, text or get on the phone and talk. If you’ve not spoken in a while, use this day to rekindle old times and create new memories. Be sure to post pictures and memories on social media.
What is the hashtag? The hashtag for National Middle Child Day is #NationalMiddleChildDay.
What other national days are there for middle child or family? Several other national days have sprung up to celebrate families, including:
- National American Family Day First Sunday in August
- National Brothers Day May 24
- National Daughters Day September 25
- National Kids Day First Sunday in August
- National Love Our Children Day First Saturday in April
- National Parent’s Day Fourth Sunday in July
- National Siblings Day April 10
- National Sisters Day First Sunday in August
There are many other national days relating to families. In fact, National Day Archives has a separate category just for Family.