“I don’t want to sit in the middle.”
The ongoing battle many parents with large families have with their children when it comes getting them all seated in the car.
However it turns out, it could be a character-building experience.
New research shows that being a middle seat child may well set you up for success in later life, particularly in business.
The study of over 1,000 Brits with two or more siblings was conducted for Skoda Octavia.
It shows that 90 per cent of people in ‘director’ level positions used to sit in the middle seat in their parents’ car.
Among business owners the figure was 72 per cent and among senior managers, 62 per cent.
Experts say these developments may well be to do with the personality traits that middle seat kids develop.
They said: “Sitting in the middle seat means siblings and family members pin you in on both sides, you’re robbed of a window seat and there’s limited leg room.”
Consultant child psychologist and mother-of-three Laverne Antrobus said: ’Cars are a unique environment and a lot can be revealed when everyone is sitting together in a confined space.
‘It’s fascinating to see how seating positions in the back of the car, often over many years, can directly reflect or influence our personalities. ‘
It’s hardly the stuff of childhood trauma but sitting in the middle seat in the back of the family car, wedged between two siblings, is often thought of as pulling the short straw.
So maybe if you tell your children it is the brightest ones that sit in the middle, you may avoid any arguments.