August 12 is National Middle Child Day!


If you have siblings, you know the rivalry can get real. Middle children often get less attention from busy parents. But despite the commonly held belief that their insecurity and resentment carries on into adulthood, middle children actually develop some critical skills that help them become successful adults.

Whether or not “Middle Child Syndrome” is real, it’s true that middle children, particularly in large families, can get overlooked in the hustle and bustle of daily life. Started in 1986 by Elizabeth Walker, National Middle Child Day celebrates our middle siblings and reminds us that each child is precious and important.

Read more about the history of the day, and about some special middle children.

Ways to celebrate the day:

  • Send your middle child or sibling a gift. Let them know you’re thinking about them!
  • Watch some episodes of your favorite TV middle child. Grab some popcorn and spend some time with your own kids. Take a family poll to see who your favorite TV middle sibling is, and watch a few episodes of that show.
  • Get in touch with your siblings. Whether or not you have a middle child in your family, it’s never a bad time to reach out to your siblings and say hello.
  • If you are a middle child, today is a day to treat yourself – you deserve it.
  • If you know of a middle child make the day special for them – they deserve it.

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