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23 Things That Make ALL Middle Children Say, Same.



  1. You have definitely sat in the middle backseat of the car, and tragically you’re too close in age to your older sibling to ever get a full season ticket to the passenger seat. "I called shotgun, it should count!"
  2. That whole “friend’s are the family we choose for ourselves” sign franchise you see at TJMaxx, without a doubt, were coined by middle children.
  3. If you have ever been shopping with your mom and she asked you to hold up an article of clothing to see if it will fit your sibling, you’re a middle child.
  4. Scratch that, if you have ever gone shopping with your parents just to find out that you weren’t there for you, you’re Malcom in the middle.

  5. Hand-Me-Downs are at least half of your wardrobe, whether you had an older brother or sister, you definitely rocked staple pieces of the opposite gender.

  6. Not to mention when you did, by the time they got passed on to the youngest, your parents bought them all new things because they didn’t want to force them into something *insert large and sarcastic gasp* used. 

  7. So you did what all middle children do, scream at the youngest for borrowing your clothes, and stealing from those who came before you, because well, you’re going to get blamed for it anyways.

  8. Speaking of blame, I bet your siblings have made you the honorary scapegoat, because let's be honest, you probably did it; and of course, the one time you didn’t, your lovely parents didn’t believe you.

  9. “You’re so and so’s sibling right?” “Little *insert last name here* ” Case closed.

  10. When your older sibling left for college, your parents probably moped and cried for about a year and a half, when you left, they couldn’t have run out the dorm faster.
  11. Speaking of newfound independence, I bet this is nothing new to you, because you’ve been trudging it alone for how many years now? Which makes you an expert at adapting to new environments quickly and efficiently. 

  12. If you have ever begged your older sibling to take you somewhere, while simultaneously complaining about having to drag your other sibling with you through your social calendar, then you’re one of us. 

  13. You were in fact, probably the rebellious one because someone had to break the rules, and it sure as heck wouldn’t be the oldest.

  14. The ages when you could things were most definitely later than your youngest sibling, you practically paved the way for them to roam like wild animals. Tube tops, dating, curfew, was all pushed back, while they could start doing it at the ripe age of 10.

  15. Oldest left for college, bedroom shrine. Middle left for college, new yoga studio/workspace/library/youngest sibling storage center. #yktv 

  16.  Your family has definitely forgotten your birthday at least once, whether it was coming up or the day of, you’ve probably spent some of it ignored.

  17. You’ve gotten the call asking where you were, when in fact, you were on the living room couch watching reruns of a show you’ve watched a billion times, waiting for someone to notice. 

  18. Your mother has, with certainty, posted something about your other two siblings, while putting #familyweekend in the caption, prompting you to remind her there are three of you. You know who you are. 

  19. Any new outfit you got, your younger sist… sibling also got, because your parents thought that it would look cute if you both dressed like the Olsen twins circa 1999.

  20.  And everything you wanted all for yourself, you had to share because that was the “mature” thing to do. 

  21. The constant judgement that hung over you like a cloud was both from your skills for reading people, as well as the inevitable comparing of you with your other siblings. 

  22. You are constantly trying to achieve the unachievable, because no matter how many awards you get, you still won't get your chance to shine on the infamous shelf of family trophies.

  23. Speaking of shelves, where's the baby album? Walk it off Champ. 


Erin is a senior at The College of New Jersey; she majors in Communications and is minoring in Professional Writing and Graphic Design. Erin is currently HCTCNJ's President. When she's not writing, Erin runs on TCNJ's track team; she loves to read, dance around, and spend time with her friends.
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