According to Catherine Salmon, middle children's negotiating skills are often better developed than those of their siblings. Salmon: "If you think about it, parents have expectations for their children, and they often have very specific things that they want them to do or don't want them to do. Slideshare uses cookies to improve functionality and performance, and to provide you with relevant advertising.
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There's an awful lot of pressure on you from your parents in terms of what you're going to achieve and what you're not going to achieve. And that is one of the hidden benefits that middle children get because they do have this sense of independence and they think outside the box a little bit more. While for the last-born, as anyone who's had to deal with a lot of last-borns often knows, they tend to whine to the parents or get very upset if they don't get their way. So they often get very good at negotiating, figuring out what the other person wants and needs, and then managing to get them what they want and what the middle child themselves want at the same time.

And, of course, one of the things that middle children often want is peace and calm and quiet and for everybody to get along.

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