There are so many stigmas attached to being the middle child, but it’s really not that bad. Here’s why…
You’re not the family guinea pig.
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Your parents were no longer newbies when you came around, so you didn’t have to go through all their weird experimental parenting tactics. Phew!
You learned from your older sister’s f*ckups.
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You know better than to get back with your ex boyfriend, you knew which AP classes to take, and you know 7-Up and spicy pizza eases your hangovers.
You never get dragged into family drama.
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When your parents argue, they always turn to your older sibling to pick a side. Aren’t you glad you dodged that bullet?
You don’t have to play mom.
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Planning birthday dinners, deciding where the next family vacation should be… older sister, that’s aaalllll you.
You’re strong and independent.
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…because no one really paid attention, and now you rule.
Distant family members don’t remember your name.
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Hallelujah. Last thing you want is tía Conchita asking you a million questions at your family reunion about where you’ve been, what happened to your ex boyfriend and at what age you plan on getting married – like she does with your sisters.
You have more freedom.
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Being ignored is a blessing. You weren’t expected to stay at home to help mom with your younger siblings, so you got to do whatever you wanted.
Your older sibling is like a second parent, but cooler.
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Their advice makes more sense than your parents’, they spoil you without smothering you and they take you to all the cool spots they go to.
You have access to a sick closet.
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You get away with your rebellious nature.
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That piercings your older sister wanted but didn’t get because mom was stricter on her… guess who got them?
You have an entire day dedicated to you.
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Your other siblings can’t say the same, can they?