Following on from the middle child anon – it m…

Following on from the middle child anon – it may be a gender thing, my sister who’s the middle child was spoilt a lot more because she was the middle of 5 sisters, Karen would possibly relate more to mike if he was girl, maybe she expects that ted is relating and talking to him alone, could’ve promised him not to tell anyone that sort of thing

Yeah I agree, I definitely think that would be a part of the Wheeler dynamic, considering their attempts to live as the perfect nuclear family. We definitely see in season 1 Karen takes more of an active roll with Nancy, confronting her about Steve and arguing with her, while with Mike she’s far less confrontational and waits for him to come to them (possibly because she doesn’t feel confident in trying to connect with him and get him to open up), Ted is the one who offers to talk to him. She has far more in common with Nancy and probably feels more comfortable trying to connect with her, while Ted is just as emotionally closed off to Mike as he is everyone else, so I presume Mike really gets the short end of the stick when it comes to parental support.