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Are Middle Children Soon to Be Extinct? New Study Says Yes

posted: 07/19/18
by: Amanda Mushro
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Being a middle child has its perks. Since you aren't the first born, there's not all the pressure from inexperienced parents to succeed at everything. Since you aren't the youngest, you aren't bossed around by everyone in your family and no one treats you like a baby--even when you are an adult. So right on, middle child! Your spot in the family is a pretty awesome one, but don't get too excited just yet because according to new research--middle children could soon be a thing of the past.

Even though August 12 is National Middle Child Day, according to an essay in The Cut, the need to celebrate middle kids could soon be over. Since Millennials are choosing to have less children, they are essentially doing away with having a middle child.

According to Pew Research, in the 1970's, many couples were having three or more children. However, now many parents are having one or two children and say the main reason for having less kids--money.

So this shrinking of American families is helping parents save big bucks but it also means the shrinking trend of middle kids. In 1960, Pew Research said the cost of raising a child was about $198,560. However, 2013, it shot up to $245,340 per child.

Last year, birth rates in America declined for women in their teens, 20s and their 30s. In fact, this lead to the fewest babies born in this country for 30 years. Experts also added that women are delaying having children until later in life and this results in fewer children as well.

According to the article, parents choosing to break the three kid trend is happening all over the United States. So families in big cities like New York are keeping their families at two kids and so are families in the suburbs. This trend is holding true across all demographics, women are having less children.

So if you are a middle child or you have a middle child--give them an extra hug today and remind them they are pretty rad.