Monday, May 31, 2010

Middle Child Syndrome

By Dr Bill Maier

Dr Kevin Lehman, a psychologist in the United States, has conducted extensive research on birth order in a family and has some interesting findings.

He has, for example, found that middle children, that is not the eldest or the youngest, usually grow up to be well-adjusted and easy-going adults.

These children are often the diplomats of the family and learn early how to get along with different personality types.

However, middle children also tend to keep their thoughts and feelings inside and will often avoid conflict at all cost.

These characteristics can cause problems later in life, especially when they get married.

When raising a middle child, teach him or her to open up and talk about what is going on in his or her life.

Parents are urged to spend a lot of one-on-one time with them, just to make them feel special. Most important of all, they must never compare them with their other siblings.

From TODAY, Voices - Monday, 31-May-2010

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