Life in the Middle
I had a good childhood—a great one, really. Growing up as a middle child, I played Barbie dolls with my older sister and basketball and soccer with my younger brother. On rare occasions, my older and younger siblings spent time with each other, but that wasn’t usually the case. I always had someone to play with. Then when I was eight years old, a new baby brother joined our family.
But life as a middle child can have its disadvantages. Middle kids can get lost in the shuffle and feel invisible. While the oldest child is admired for his achievements, the baby is appreciated for his lasts. Photo albums are filled with pictures of the first-born child, and the youngest is often the center of attention.
On the flip side, middle children are used to sharing the spotlight. They are usually calm and laid back. They tend to handle disappointments better than first-borns and are great at negotiating what they want. The best part about middle children is that we’re loyal through and through.
Families of all sizes are important to God. When you ask Jesus into your heart, you are adopted into His family. Ephesians 1:4-5 says, “For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—“.
Now, as a parent of four, I have to make sure I pay equal attention to my two middle kids. The last thing I want is for them to feel left out or misunderstood.
Sherry Kyle is the author of books for tween girls, including a Gold Mom’s Choice Award winner, and new releases The Girl’s Guide to Life and Love, Lexi: Letters to God. She also writes novels for women set along the coast of California where she makes her home with her college sweetheart and their four children. When she’s not writing, Sherry spends her time reading, having coffee with friends, and decorating her beach home. You can visit her at www.sherrykyle.com, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.