Top Ten Worst Things About Being the Middle Child

I myself am the middle child of 5 kids. It can get tough, but we need to hang in there. Maybe others can relate to this list.

The Top Ten

1 The lack of attention from your parents

Attention goes to the youngest because they're the baby, the last child your parents are going to have. Attention goes to the oldest because they will be starting their own life soon and were the first child your parents had. And you? You're just in your room eating chips and binge watching The Walking Dead for the past ten days. And you're parents? Maybe having dinner with the rest of the family. - Supernatural

It was pretty much like this till my older brother moved out. Then I became the oldest in the house. The transition changed me a lot however I still remember the "good 'ol days" where I didn't know what to do in life, as my older brother started worrying about college and my younger sister kept the house full with her "lovely" 4 year-old tunes. - cjWriter1997

It stinks. The oldest kid gets to do whatever they want and the youngest gets treated like a princess

I have a coisen and a new baby so it stinks.

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2 You can never win a sibling fight

I can vouch for this. It sucks, especially when I AM right. - LarkwingFlight

I always win a sibling fight. That's not exaggerating because I don't have siblings. I don't win every family fight though but I know one thing. I want a brother or sister. - Ultron123

I never win a fight. My parents always think that the oldest or the youngest is right. It SUCKS. Unless you are a middle child, you will NEVER know the real struggle.

I do win when I fight with my younger brother. - Catacorn

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3 Hand-me-downs

Wether it's clothes, toys, or devices, you're going to get stuck with hand-me-downs from your older sibling. Then after you receive it, it breaks or tears, and what does the younger sibling get? A new version of that thing. Then the cycle repeats. - Supernatural

I know it sucks but what's even worse is that the youngest kid gets toys and clothes that are NEW! Why?

Well, hand me downs don't have to be the middle child. I am the youngest of two, my mom never buys me ANYTHING new. - Cobra-Kraken

My big sister gets BRAND NEW iPhones then I get the outdated and slow hand-me-downs. And then my little brother gets BRAND NEW phones too because I get all the hand-me-downs. I wish I got a new phone that WASN'T outdated. - Lunala

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4 Constantly sharing a room

I've never shared a bedroom, but as a baby I was put in the smallest of three bedrooms, for reasons known only to my parents, and then my little brother got the second largest. Until the age of 11, I had to deal with a room with a small bed, small desk, and small wardrobe, before we got a loft extension, creating an additional, larger bedroom. Which was just as well because by then I was so tall, I simply couldn't fit in my own bed. Man, parents can be so inconsiderate. - PositronWildhawk

When you were young you shared a room with your older sibling. Then your older sibling started complaining that they needed their own personal space. So what happens next? You're moved into your younger sibling's room. Such fun... - Supernatural

You can get the oldest ones room as soon as he or she goes to college - Connor360

I still do and I'm 19 and out of the house. The life of living with a roomate really doesn't end until you reach about your mid 20s. - cjWriter1997

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5 Being the scapegoat

It's not all plain sailing being the oldest, though I admit, the oldest of 2. My brother would get away with most, if not all conflicts, because my parents took his side. They always give him the benefit of the doubt, because they imagine I'm automatically more understanding and responsible. The sad truth is, my brother's 16 now, and still very immature. Not much has changed. - PositronWildhawk

When something wrong happens, and it's one of your siblings' fault, they usually point the finger at you to avoid the grounding. And who do your parents believe when you try to tell them the truth? Yeah, I thought so... Don't worry friend, I relate too. - Supernatural

Happens to me a lot in every problem

Whenever my brother fights with me, my parents always so I'm 'provoking' him and I should go somewhere else. They also claim to be non-violent, and THEY GAVE MY BROTHER A WOODEN STICK TO HIT ME WITH. Wut. - TwilightKitsune

6 Picking sides during fights

So what happens when your siblings go into war with each other? They want allies. They will pull you by the arms, telling you why the other is a stupid head and how they're the one that's right. You could care less, but you still choose sides at the end for some odd reason. - Supernatural

And then your parents have the audacity to get you in trouble for the whole thing

I agree the most

When I was little my big sister and little brother argued a lot but I was smart enough to know that taking sides is bad. I just take the side of the adults and say "guys don't fight" so then I get rewarded for doing nothing and then the adults say I'm "being peaceful and kind". HAHA. :D - Lunala

7 Deficiency of kudos

You: Mom, dad, I received this award!
Parents: oh that's nice honey.
Younger sibling: *builds messy mud cake*
Mom: Harold, get the camera! This is the best thing that's happened today!
You: *looks into the camera like in the office*ಠ_ಠ - Supernatural

8 Teachers comparing you to your older sibling

Though this applies more to the youngest child, it goes for the middle child too. Research has actually shown that the oldest kid in the family tends to be more academically applied than the others. This meaning that you have a lot to do to meet your older sibling's level of excellence in the class. Either that or prove that you're not the troublemaker/slacker that your sibling was if they didn't care much for school. - Supernatural

I would actually have liked to have had an older sibling. I could have learned from his or her mistakes, particularly in academic sense. With that said, my little brother accepts absolutely no advice from me. His loss. - PositronWildhawk

I'm in a family of four, but I will end up relating to this, middle child or not. I bet all my sisters teachers will compare me with her, especially if I get the one she hates, which I love - SeeU

Haha, actually situation is a little different you know when my Bro is in my school teachers always give him examples of me to be more attentive :P - Righteous

9 You get punished more than your siblings

100% true

OH My god yesss I’m always the one getting in trouble for nothing

10 The peace bringer

Siblings get into a lot of fights. And sometimes picking sides won't help at all, so the best option is to try and resolve the problem, because you know, it's the middle of the night and you want to sleep! Though this may seem more like a con, it does help because it'll lead you to learn to resolve conflict between people. But still, it gets annoying after 50th time that night. - Supernatural

Yep. When my big sister and little brother used to fight I just tried to break it up or stay silent. Ha ha. Imi made a Smart move because then all the adults said I was being peaceful and mature. So NEVER step into a sibling fight or just tell them to stop. If they insult you the adult will tell them off and say you were only trying to be nice. - Lunala

I'm the oldest child in my family and I've learnt that when two people fight, NEVER get into it. - TwilightKitsune

The Contenders

11 You have to do more work than your siblings

This is so true I have to do all the work but when my brother just play games and I am cleaning my room my parents tell me to do something while I am busy but than I say what about my brother and my Dad said that they are busy playing games and my sister is hust sleeping

This is so true


12 You get treated like dirt

True I am treated Like Dog poop I Get things for Mom When its Literally 7 Feet away God. She Records Me singing

No wonder why I'm a devil worshipper and listen to black metal and death metal. I CAN'T WAIT FOR MY DEATH!

All the friking time

13 Middle child = middle seat

The little one will be singing My Little Pony songs/ playing loudly with Power Rangers. The older one will be texting/ listening to heavy metal music. Middle child? In between the two.

The oldest can't sit in the middle because their legs are too long, and the baby seat for the youngest won't fit there. Hooray for cramped car journeys... - Supernatural

I hate the middle seat. And I always am forced to sit there because my figure is so small. My younger and older siblings are both taller than me. - Lunala

14 Being "too young" or "too old" for what your siblings do V 1 Comment
15 Your parents have higher expectations for you
16 Parents think you're the black sheep V 1 Comment
17 Your siblings stand together against you

Yes it's always me my older brother and younger brother both make me feel awful saying stuff like your fat your ugly go dye I hate you. I wish they would stop

18 You always have to get involved.

I meant in disputes amongst siblings. - 906389

19 No one notices when you do something good

Say when I like do the dishes or clean my older and younger siblings mess they don’t notice and even when I tell them they don’t really care but when it’s my older or younger siblings that clean up my mess they care what more and sometimes even gets mad at me for leaving my stuff for them to clean.

20 Being left out

My older brother is 14, and my younger brother is 7 and they always leave me out and then my parents get mad because I am not spending "quality sibling time with them" - EGreen

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