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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Middle Child Syndrome: Is Hafizah facing it now?

Salam,

What is a Middle Child?

A middle child is someone who is born in between two or more siblings. Being born in the middle, as you’ll soon find out is not that simple. The middle child, unlike the eldest or youngest child, does not get much attention. Middle children are also usually considered outcasts in their families and often develop a condition called Middle Child Syndrome.


              Hafizah  is 5 years old and YES she is our middle child. We thought that the huge age gap (5 years) between her and her younger sister will help her to come to the term of having younger sibling since she is kind of whiny little girl. Only after 6 months of having Husna, Hafizah has shown some regression and acting out when I can't give the attention to her. I didn't realize I was abandoning her somehow because I was busy taking care of Husna who needs more attention. When my hubby told me to give more attention to Hafizah too when I'm free, I became so defensive and denying his claim. 

I don't want Hafizah to have the low self-esteem just because she feels unwanted or unloved. So, I'm trying my best now to juggle my time between the three of them and always be aware of their special needs. Sometimes we take our so called "normal" kids for granted that we never think they also have their own special needs.

Now, if any other parents out there are facing the same problem or faced this problem before, would you care to share your opinion about this?

9 comments:

isabelle frankly said...

hmmm..kalo saya abiskan phd baru dptkan adik utk adib..adakah dia pun akan jadi mcm ni?
hmmmmm... *garu2 dagu*

transformed housewife said...

Is: knur pun tak tahu nk cakap. rasanya tak semua kot ada syndrom ni.

yatie chomeyl said...

samo mace ti dgn awin dulu kot hahahaha

Wan Anie said...

Baru kali ni dengar tentang syndrome anak tengah ni

anak ke-2 saya Aiesyah sama naik mahukan perhatian dengan Umar :)

Saya ingat sebab Aiesyah sorang je anak perempuan kami.... walaupun kadang-kadang manja, Aiesyah kakak yang baik :)

transformed housewife said...

Tie: maybe kot. Tie sokmo deki ko Awin dulu. hehe

transformed housewife said...

Anie: Hafizah ok je dgn adik dia. Cuma kdg2 sy tok dey nok tgk2 kan dia bilo sibuk jaga baby.

Puan Kutu said...

hafizah sebaya anak sy aiman,n tak lama lg aiman akan ada adk.so far tak tahu lgcmna penerimaan dia bila ada adk nti.selama nie semua perhatian bg pd dia sorg jer..

tp ini bukan kes middle child syndrome kan?ada connection sikit2lah.haha..

transformed housewife said...

Puan Kutu: kena ingat bg perhatian sama byk je nanti. Sy dah terlepas pandang sikit. Tu yg Hafizah tu jd mcm tu. huhu

me shuhada said...

Salam.
My 2nd child is a boy. Mula2 je kot dia rasa lain sbb b4 that dia bf then terpaksa stopkan sebab dh lama share dgn adik. tp lama2 dia ok. Dah boleh main sesama kakak n adik.