10 Struggles For The Middle Child Of The Family

10 Struggles For The Middle Child Of The Family

Middle child syndrome is a real thing.

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Yes I am a middle child of my family and there are countless times when I think of how nice it would be to not be forgotten when the family gets together for the holidays. That short time in my life when I was the youngest child and received all the attention was a wonderful time, until I got the news that I was going to be a big sister. From there, I soon began to see what middle child syndrome truly was and how it affects a person so deeply. I am calling out to all the middle children in their family to connect with me on all these struggles and eve more that are not listed. Don't get me wrong there are positives to being a middle child, it is not as tragic as it may seem. However, every once in a while we do like to be noticed.

1. Being called one of your siblings' names

This mainly happens when my family gets together for the holidays and my mother has not seen all her children together, but somehow by being the middle child, you are the one that gets called the wrong name. No, it is not because we look alike, it is because we are the middle child.

2. Being responsible for your younger siblings 

The oldest has a job and both parents are working and do not want to hire a babysitter, so you are stuck watching the blessings that put you in the middle child spot of the family.

3. Not receiving the attention anymore

Now that you re no longer the youngest and there is a new baby in the family, all the attention goes to them now. But it does not stop when your younger sibling is no longer a baby because they will forever be known as the baby.

4. Being completely different from your older and younger siblings 

You feel alone in the family sometimes because your older and younger siblings get along better than you would with either of them. You don't want to always resort to your parents when you want someone to talk to about what is going on in your life.

5. Everything important happens with the oldest 

All the major firsts happened with the oldest and they will continue to remind you of that. Phrases like, "I was what started the family", and "Mom and Dad love me more". When it comes to your major mile marker the excitement is defused.

6. And everything sentimental happens with the youngest

The youngest will always get the teary eyed words from everything that they do because they are your parents' last child and they will no longer have to go through any of it again. When you go through your accomplishments, you are lucky to even get a tear from your parents because they have already been through it with their first born.

7. You don't get the respect from your younger siblings

They play and joke with you when you are in charge. You are not taken seriously and they would rather listen to the other older siblings than you.

8. Parents think that you are capable of handling it on your own when you need help

When you are going through something that you need help with from your parents, they don't give you the sentimental words of encouragement that you want to hear from them because they are too busy dealing with whatever the oldest and youngest are getting into.

9. Being the mediator between siblings 

This depends on how you want your day to go really. If you are in the mood to be treated like a baby from your older sibling then side with your younger sibling but if you don't want to deal with getting pushed around then always side with your older sibling because the youngest will always get the approval from mom.

10. Living up to your older sibling's accomplishments

Everything is so cool that they do and you have this dream to be able to do something that will for once wow your parents and even your older sibling.

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14 Stages Of Buying Jonas Brothers Concert Tickets As A 20-Something In 2019

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In case you missed it, the Jonas Brothers are back together and, let me tell you, they're giving us some major jams. For those of us who were there when it all began back in 2007 with their first album, It's About Time, this has been one of the most important events of the year. But nothing, and I mean nothing can rival the excitement every twenty-something felt as the Jonas Brothers announced their Happiness Begins tour. I, for one, put my name in for ticket presale, have been following every single social media site related to the tour/group, and, of course, listening to the Jonas Brothers on repeat. And if you did manage to snag tickets, then you know that this is how your brain has been ever since they announced the tour.

1. Finding out that they're going on tour

2. Hopefully entering your name into the lottery to get presale tickets

3. Finding out that you actually get to buy presale tickets

4. Impatiently waiting for your presale tickets by listening to their songs on repeat

5. And remembering how obsessed you used to be (definitely still are) with them

6. Trying to coordinate the squad to go to the concert with you

7. Waiting in the Ticketmaster waiting room...

8. ...And feeling super frantic/frustrated because there are about 2000 people in line in front of you

9. Actually getting into the site to buy the tickets

10. Frantically trying to find seats you can actually pay for because, let's be real, you're twenty-something and poor

11. Managing to actually get the seats you want

12. Joyfully letting your squad know that you've done it

13. Crying a little because all of the dreams you've had since 2007 are coming true

14. Listening to every single Jonas Brothers song on repeat (again)

If you, like me, have finally fulfilled one of your dreams since childhood, then congrats, my friend! We've made it! Honestly, of all the things I've done in my adult life, this might be the one that child me is the most proud of.

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I Know I'm Late, But I'm Now Obsessed With David Dobrik

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After coming home from the end of my first year of college, instead of unpacking like my parents would've loved for me to do, I turned to YouTube. I've always watched YouTube but I was never one of those teens that watched it so avidly that I would want to go to Playlist Live or VidCon.

Throughout the year, I received many recommendations to watch David Dobrik. Like most people I know, the recommendation went through one ear and out the other. Was he really worth the hype? Well, if you take a look back at the title of this article, you know the answer to that question.

One day, I decided to subscribe to David Dobrik's YouTube channel because I knew that if I saw a video created by him pop up with the rest of subscriptions, one of these days I would end up clicking on a video. That is exactly what happened. I ended up watching maybe two or three videos in total, but I didn't really become a fan. It's not like I didn't enjoy the videos I watched- because I did. I just didn't keep up with them. It wasn't until I came home from school and decided to go all in that I truly hopped on the David Dobrik-bandwagon.

Now, I truly understand what everyone was talking about. Not only is he hilarious, but his vlogs are super short (four minutes and 20 seconds to be exact). In a competition, I'd probably be named the "World's Worst Watcher" of TV shows and movies because I'm so impatient that I skip through the bad or boring parts that I don't want to watch. Contrary to this statement, I can safely say that I have only skipped through a video once only because someone was about to puke. He and his friends are always on the go, which is much more fun to watch than someone just sitting in front of the camera explaining what they are about to do instead of footage of them in action.

Most of the YouTubers I watch create lifestyle videos, like makeup tutorials, clothing hauls, vlogs of college students, etc. David Dobrik's videos are completely different from any of the others that I subscribe to. All of his videos are vlogs that show him doing the most ridiculous, yet entertaining things, whether it be buying his best friends expensive cars, paying them $100 so he can shoot them with a paintball gun, or going on spontaneous trips to Las Vegas. There's not a single moment through any of his videos that don't leave me with a smile on my face.

It's not just that his videos are short and entertaining. It's also that he seems like the sweetest and most down-to-earth human being. He cares so much about his friends so much that the focus isn't entirely on him but on them, which is something that you don't see very often.

I highly recommend that everyone watch at least one of his videos. It may be four minutes of your life that you will never get back but after watching it, you won't want them back.

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