“Middle Child Syndrome” is a real thing!
A recent study conducted by researchers from MIT, Northwestern, University of Florida and more has concluded that second-born children are more likely to end up getting in trouble at school or having issues with the law later in life.
The study followed thousands of sets of brothers in Denmark and the State of Florida (are there any more 2 dramatically different cultures than that?) and found that second born boys were 20% to 40% more likely to have issues with authority figures.
The study theorizes that the main reason for this increase can be traced to less one-on-one attention the second child receives compared to the first.
The study also found that parents take more time off work for their first child than they do for their second. This results in the second born feeling a need to act out (i.e. raise hell) as a way to compete for mom and dad’s attention with the older sibling, as well as their careers.
Take into consideration that part of this study was done in Florida, which is more or less the epicenter of craziness in the United States…
Side note: I am the second born of three boys and I can honestly state that (in my youth ONLY) I definitely had more disciplinary issues in school and was probably involved in more criminal activity than both my brothers combined.
Now what do you think Geeky Mommie? Still want to have another one?
For more on this study, click here.