3 years ago
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Do you suffer from middle child syndrome? If so could you please explain it to me and how to overcome it?
I'm afraid my sweet Ethan is suffering from it. He has always been such a happy kid--easygoing, obedient, and good most of the time. The last couple of weeks it seems as if the little devil on his left shoulder has completely eradicated the angel on his right.
It occurred to me tonight that this is really the first time he's been the middle child. Andrew started school the day before Ava was born, so for the past 10 months Ethan has had a majority of his day acting as "oldest." Now that Andrew is home he has started whining, crying, screaming, fit throwing, backtalking, and generally falling apart. Now if this were Andrew (love him, we do), we wouldn't bat an eye, but it is exasperating to see Ethan act this way.
Every once in a while, I pull him aside and ask him to bring Ethan back, and put away the little devil. He smiles, just enough, and I begin to think the angel will win out this time, but...alas...no. The smile shifts to a smirk, and that little devil is running the show again.
So if you find my Ethan, could you please, please---bring him back! We miss him dearly!