Birth order has a lot to do with the personality of a child. While not every child shows all the traits associated with their birth order, in many cases, birth order will accentuate some of the traits they possess already. The middle child is the child that is sandwiched in between other children, and these children come with their own set of characteristics. There are specific challenges that come with raising a middle child as well. It's easy to lose the middle child a bit in the shuffle of family life. To help you out, here is a look at some of the middle child characteristics and some effective parenting tips to help you do the best job raising that middle child.

Characteristics of the Middle Child

In most cases, the middle child has the largest variety of traits. In many cases, you will find that they are totally opposite of the oldest child and they work to be unique. Usually the middle child is very easy going and flexible. Often they are the ones that try to make peace in the family since they are more likely to see all of the sides to a situation. The middle child is usually quite social. Their friends are important because they may feel like they don't have a place within their family.

They may keep secrets and don't usually open up about their feelings. Avoiding conflict is another trait, since they like life to go smoothly. Often the middle child is inventive, but they may try to please everyone, making them become codependent. Some middle children even feel unloved and that life is not fair. If you discourage your middle child, there is a chance that they will become a bit of a problem child.

Effective Middle Child Parenting Tips

Now that you know a bit more about the middle child characteristics, you may be wondering how you deal with these characteristics. How can you use them to help your child develop into a wonderful adult? Here are some great tips to help you better parent your middle child for great results.

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Lets make Everyday be World Oceans Day, and lets try everyday to find ways to show our kids how important our Environment is. Tuesday, June 8, 2010 happened to be World Oceans Day, and what a wonderful time to teach our kids about the importance of our oceans and ways that they can be more environmentally aware. This day is occurring amid one of the worse oil spills, and with all the news on the BP Oil Spill, no doubt oceans are in the forefront of your mind, and the minds of your children. As you and your children watch television and see the heartbreaking pictures of ocean waters covered in oil and birds and other sea life sadly coated in oil from the spill, you may wonder if there is something you can do to help. Yes, you can help. By raising your children to be environmentally aware and by getting involved in projects and events, such as World Ocean Day, every one can make a difference.

Teaching Your Children Why Oceans are Important

First, you need to start by teaching your children why the oceans are so important in the first place. While your kids may be upset about the tragedy occurring with the BP oil spill, they may not fully understand the full impact that such a disaster can have on the oceans and the entire earth. Why are oceans and all the life in them so important? Here is a look at several important reasons.

Reason #1 – Oxygen, Food, and Other Essentials – First, the oceans and ocean life are important because as humans we all rely on them for our oxygen, some food, and other essentials, such as certain medications. Much of the oxygen we breath comes from the ocean, which means we are helpless without them.

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Whether you have been parenting for one year or twenty, you know that every child is different. Your children have different personalities, they respond differently to you, and often birth order has a lot to do with this. Every single birth order position comes along with specific attributes and characteristics, although there may be exceptions from time to time. For every child, parenting skills have to be a bit different. Parenting your firstborn child can be tough. Understanding your firstborn, their personality, and characteristics can help you as a parent. Here is a closer look at the firstborn child and some great tips for parenting and raising them effectively.

Characteristics of a Firstborn Child

Before you can begin to realize how to best parent your firstborn child, you need to understand a bit more about them. Usually it is the firstborn child that ends up with a lot of attention, which leads to the development of their personality. Many times, there are big expectations for the firstborn, they spend a lot of time under scrutiny, and they often grow up quicker than other children in the birth order do.

Your firstborn child will probably have some aggressive and some compliant traits. Most firstborns are natural leaders and are very driven. They like having things go their way, they are assertive, driven, and perfectionists. Often they are the "movers and shakers" in the world, and this starts while they are young. However, on the complaint end, the oldest child also craves approval, is conscientious, a good team player, and they often are people players as well. Most are reliable, great caregivers, and they often have a nurturing personality. Other characteristics of the eldest child can include being ambitions, scholarly, enterprising, logical, and energetic.READ More on Parenting Tips for Raising Firstborns

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group of five children planting a tree - tips for green living and getting involved

As parents we can help teach and prepare our children for what lies ahead in their lives, to show them what the values of Green Living, and learning about the earth are really all about. These Green Living Tips are targeted more to the parents than to the children, simply because the child will be at such a young age. Whatever a parent does with their kids will be as much fun for the parent as for the child.

When a parent starts teaching their children while they are young, it sets in their mind and most of the time, the things you teach them will always be with them. If you live in a rural area, and you have a garden spot, give your child a small space for them to grow something of their own. For instance, Don’t just plant vegetables, make it fun for the youngsters, let them plant things that they would like, even if it is something like gourds, or watermelons. A parent would take the time to make sort of a game with their young ones, buying some seeds, showing the child how to plant them and then taking their child outside often to check the progress of the plants. Once the plant blooms, if it is a flower, the child will get to see and smell the work that they have put into this project. If the plant was a food source, the child will get to taste the fruit of their hard work. There is not only gardening in the spring, but there are fall veggies that can be planted. You can even sit down with your children and let them help pick out the flowers and vegetables for next years garden.

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More than likely you have heard a whole lot in the news lately about the oil spill that took place in the Gulf of Mexico. Chances are that your children have heard about it as well. This is the perfect time for you to teach your children about the importance of taking care of their environment. Most kids that hear about the BP oil spill are concerned about this problem. Instead of just allowing them to stand by and hear the bad news all the time, maybe it is time that you allow your kids to get involved. Sure, it is important that they learn as much as possible about this disaster, but giving kids a chance to do something about this problem teaches them about helping in a crisis as well as empowers them to feel that there is something that they are able to do to help out.

The great news is that even if you don't even live near the areas that have been affected by this BP oil spill, you still can help out. You don't have to be right there to take measures to help. Recent news reports are telling us that this spill is covering miles and the cost of cleanup will be in the billions. Still, there are small things that you and your kids can do to make a difference. When many parents and kids start helping, it will make a huge difference in the way this oil spill gets cleaned up.

Collect Items for the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary

You will find that the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary, which is in Indian Shores, is in need of some items. They need more cash than they do volunteers at this point, and there are some particular items that they need. You may want to encourage your kids to work on collecting items that are needed by this sanctuary. Perhaps organize a local drive at school or in your neighborhood to collect items need. Some of the items that Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary needs include paper towels, bottled water, toothbrushes, Gatorade, moving boxes, bleach, gas gift cards, shovels, trash bags that are heavy duty, and kennels of all sizes. You can find out more about what they need and how to get these items to the sanctuary by visiting their site at http://www.seabirdsanctuary.com/.READ More on Empowering Your Kids: Ways to Help With The BP Oil Spill

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We often fail to remember the carefree thinking of our childhood. Jessica, however, and her ‘Daily Affirmation' video, reminds us that we can still be whatever we want to be – no matter our age. As a charming, curly-haired four-year old, Jessica's viral video has her standing atop a bathroom vanity proclaiming her stance in life – "I can do anything good!" She continues listing a variety of things, as well as members of her family that she loves and how life, as she knew it at the time, was a wonderland.

It is rare that we see a child brimming with this level of enthusiasm and it makes all of us want to start our day just like her!

Jessica chants:

"My whole house is great. I can do anything good. I like my school. I like anything. I like my dad. I like my cousins. I like my aunts."

Here is her original video:

Now, if we lived our lives by these rules – anything would be possible. Her enchanting and bubbly personality inspires us to wake up and grab life by the horns. Adults are much more inclined to adhere to a tightly spun routine of time frames, plans, and budgets. As a child, however, the world holds infinite possibilities and absolutely no limits. Sadly, much of this perspective changes with experience and age as people tend to become disillusioned by a world they did not understand before. Nonetheless, we are, for the most part, surrounded by people we love and who love us in return – and this deserves appreciation. Lucky for us, Jessica was able to jolt us into consciousness!READ More on Jessica's "Daily Affirmation" Video, Then and Now

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Animals are an important part of our lives, and one way to teach compassion is to focus on how we can teach our kids how to be kinder to animals. Many kids love animals and kids that learn kindness to animals while they are young end up growing up to be adults that are kinder to animals and humans alike. Not sure how to get your kids involved in animal kindness? Here are a few excellent ways we can teach our kids to be kind to animals.

Plan Special Pet Pamper Time

One idea is that you can teach our children to be kind to animals by planning some special pet pamper time. Today one of the big problems with pets for kids is that kid have so much more going on that they don't spend much time with their pets. It's easy for kids to get caught up in their video games or surfing the web and they don't give pets the attention that they really need. To avoid this problem, try planning a special time when kids pamper their pet.

Pampering our pets doesn't have to cost a lot either. Encourage kids to spend time simply brushing their pet, giving their pet a bath, playing with the pet, or even just giving them a belly rub. Some special time pampering the pet will not only do wonders for your pet, but it will be a special time for our child as well. Do it this week and then consider making it a regular occurrence in your home.READ More on Parenting Tips of the Week: Teaching Compassion by Being Kind to Animals

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