Parenting Tips On How to Prevent Middle Child Syndrome

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Having a kid relevantly impacts the dynamics within a family, and when there are three kids, it’s not uncommon for the middle one to feel neglected. Psychologists have termed this the middle child syndrome, pertaining to the middle one causing distress to the family, or is the one in distress because he feels unimportant, left out, and unloved. This becomes obvious to him especially if the eldest child performs well in school and is quite talented, and the youngest in the family is the darling of everybody. In this case, the middle child is often moody, bitter, detached, and insecure.

“Middle children often go to an extreme to get attention, which is why some dye their hair purple or become a fanatic about a particular singing group—because they need an identity really bad,” says Meri Wallace, LCSW.

How Therapy Can Help Your Kid Recover From Depression 

Finding out that your child is clinically depressed can break your heart into million pieces. It will be easier on your part to feel sorry for what happened to him. You will start to blame yourself for your shortcomings. While this may be the normal reaction for any parent, it does not mean that there is no way out. Fortunately, there are now several ways on how you can help your kid recover from depression, one of which is therapy, wherein your child will have numerous face-to-face sessions with a therapist.

 

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Ways to Cultivate Gratefulness from Your Child

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“Gratitude is a powerful human emotion. By conveying and receiving simple ‘thank you’ messages, we can truly derive the pleasure that we seek everywhere else,” wrote psychiatric counselor Madhuleena Roy Chowdhury, BA. Gratitude, if promulgated accordingly, will reap bountiful benefits for your children.

Isn’t it such a satisfying feeling to raise a child who knows how to be thankful for everything that life bestows on them no matter how big or small or good or bad the outcome may be?