Birth Order Bliss
Many people believe that a child's placement in the family, such as oldest, youngest, or middle kid, influences the character traits of the child. The youngest child is usually the most easily spoiled and is more likely to be the popular kid or the lead clown in a group of kids. The only child tends too have problems with sharing, the oldest is always bossy, the youngest is always spoiled, and the middle kid is just stuck in the middle. I like to think of it there were right and left extremes. On the right extreme, there is the older child: bossy, and with less freedom. On the left extreme is the youngest child: spoiled, just a little baby sometimes. And then there's the middle kid: He/she's just somewhere in the middle, between all the bossiness and babyish traits. I am the middle kid in my family. The worst things about being the middle child is just that, being in the middle. When I was a little kid my older would always pick on me, he would always try to tell me what to do. I don't like having a younger brother either. The little brother is the one who will always try to get me into trouble. Its impossible to blame anything on the little one because I'm older and I should always know what's best, according to mom and dad. This may not be the way other middle kids take it but this is how I do. God tells his people to treat people as they want to be treated. Since I know how it feels to be picked on and teased by my older brother, I won't do it to my little brother because I don't want to be treated like that. In the same way, I know how it feels to carry the blame for things my little brother does, so I will not do the same to my older brother. I could just take it all in and let it destroy me mentally, and be a left side extremist. Or I could just deal out an equal amount of the crap that I take and be a right side extremist. Instead, I've learned a little about forgiveness, from a great teacher. I love being the middle child for that...
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