NATIONAL MIDDLE CHILD DAY
Each year on August 12th, National Middle Child Day is observed across the United States. This day gives special recognition to the middle child or children in the family.
It is believed by many that birth order plays a pivotal role in the personalities of children. The “Middle Child Syndrome” states that the first-born is often the leader and the role-player while the youngest one is always considered the baby of the family, therefore, leaving the middle child without a special “role”.
Birth order is known to contribute to the Big Five personality traits: extroversion, neuroticism, agreeableness, conscientiousness and openness to experience.
One personality study claims that middle children tend to be artistic and creative.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Keep your middle child/children in mind. Post on social media using #NationalMiddleChildDay to alert others.
National Middle Children’s Day was created by Elizabeth Walker in the 1980s. It was originally intended to be observed on the second Saturday in August, however, along the way it has become generally accepted to celebrate it on August 12. In a newspaper article submitted by her grandson, Litton Walker, III, Walker stated that she wanted to create a National day to honor those children “born in the middle of families” who she felt were “left out.” The name was later changed to National Middle Child Day.
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