How Do You Deal With Middle Child Syndrome?

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Show notes:

In this week’s episode: 

How Do You Deal With Middle Child Syndrome?

Sue’s Tuppence Worth: 1 in 3 primary pupils are failing their three Rs – are you doing enough? 

Fear not, parents: your middle kids are going to be just fine.

How to Handle Middle Child Syndrome Behaviour
  1. Offer reassurance. …
  2. Don’t leave them out. …
  3. Make their achievements a big deal. …
  4. Encourage differences. …
  5. Maintain open communication. …
  6. No more hand-me-downs! …
  7. Capture the memories.

When two becomes three: how to babyproof your relationship

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Don’t Stew – Ask Sue Parenting Q & A

Q. Dear Sue, I pregnant with our 3rd child and I’m worried about ‘Middle Child’ Syndrome – as I always felt a bit squashed out as the middle daughter in my family of all girls. Any advice? Niamh McNamara from Clonmel in Ireland.

Hi Niamh

I hope that the advice I provided in the show has helped, here is one of my inspiring images for you

All the best



Q. Dear Sue, my partner & I are drifting apart as I just find having two kids under 5 exhausting. We don’t really spend much time together any more as it’s all about bath, bedtime, story and finding something to cook that doesn’t take ages. I just wonder what we can do about it before it’s too late. Karen Standing from Luton

Hi Karen

Thanks for reaching out to me and I hope that you find the information in the podcast useful.

Here are the links to the blogs and articles that I mentioned, for your ease of reference:

Keeping the glow with your partner

How to keep the glow with your partner after having kids

All the best 


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