August 12th is Middle Child Day.
And it seems that middle kids all over Ireland have some bones to pick with everyone regarding the implications of their positioning in the family.
According to new research into the experience of being a middle child conducted by Aldi, middle children can feel hard done by in the sibling stakes with 56 percent saying they received less attention from their parents growing up and 51 percent saying they got in more trouble than their siblings.
Moreover, just 29 percent believe they got away with more than their siblings and only 26 percent describe themselves as attention seekers.
“While being a middle child may come with its downsides, it does appear that it can also have a positive influence on a person’s outlook and attitude with 75 percent of middle children saying they are better negotiators than non-middle children and 69 percent believing themselves to be better peacekeepers and mediators.” said a spokesperson.
“It seems that most middle children come to embrace their identity in adulthood with 54 percent saying they feel more comfortable as a middle child now that they are older. And despite everything, most middle children say they wouldn’t have it any other way with only 33 percent saying they would prefer to not have been the middle child.”
Aldi is using the findings to promote the treasures in its middle aisle.