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October 18th, 2011 08:25 AM #1Senior Member
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What's it like being an only child?
I got engaged and am thinking of kids now. I have two sisters, so I have no idea how's it like to be an only child. I always thought I would have two or three kids, but now, I feel like one would be enough, hopefully a girl. When I think of names, I always consider if it 'fits' well with Isabella (my most favorite name which will definitely be my girl's name). My fiance thinks I will end up having two or more kids because of this! I know it will be different when I actually become a mother, but I don't want to regret for having one kid. I want to make sure my child wouldn't hate being an only child. What is it like being an only child? Is it nothing to worry about? Thanks!
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October 18th, 2011 11:53 PM #3Senior Member
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I'm an only, so is my husband, so are my two best friends (a man and a woman who married each other too!). We're all fine. We were all blessed with good parents. This matters far more than anything else. All of us went through phases of wanting a sib, but never badly. All of us were on the "geeky" side of things, but I'm not so sure that's really related to being onlies or just who we were. We were all well-adjusted, if anything the geekiness maybe came from being academically inclined, from lots of parental language *maybe*, so anyway now we're all professionally very successful. Anyway, I'm sure there's grains of truth to any of the advantages and disadvantages you read about it, but I think the thing is that there are advantages and disadvantages to there being siblings that don't get as much popular press just because it's the default.
One insight though: you'll notice how my story seems to suggest onlies sort of seek each other out, and that is my experience. I have tons of friends who have siblings, of course, but I do think onlies often end up sharing a special sort of bond with each other as friends. Just a pet theory though.
October 21st, 2011 09:13 PM #5Senior Member
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I am an only child and there were definitely times I wished I had a sibling, this feeling came and went. I was lucky to have many cousins living nearby so I had the experience of lots of family kids even if they didn't come home with us!
But I want to stress that I am very very glad that I am an only child b/c it allowed me to have experiences that I do not think would have been possible if I had had siblings. We traveled a lot b/c my mom is from Europe and my dad worked abroad. I don't think there is any way financially we would have been able to travel to the places we did if there had been more than one kid. I really can't overstate how central all those traveling experiences are to who I am today.
My closest friends also tend to be only children. I don't know if that is b/c we seek each other out, or b/c I have gone to predominantly private schools and there may be a higher percentage of only child at private schools for financial reasons.
We are all as equally adjusted as my friends with siblings. We're no more spoiled or self centered. I also want to point out that I know several instances where siblings are estranged ( mainly between 2 brothers) and so having more than one kid in no way guarantees that your child will have a "friend for life". I'm just throwing that out there. I am much closer to some of my only-child friends than many of my other friends are to their siblings.
Do what is best for YOU and your husband, not what you "imagine" might be best for the kids. If you love and respect your child and expose them to many different types of people and experiences, this will go much further to making a happy, healthy adult than giving them 2 or 3 siblings. A loving relationship between parents is the most important thing to a happy childhood for the child. I know folks who are just too stressed (time, energy and financially) by having bigger families that they really aren't able to model happy behavior or a successful marriage/partnership for their kids.
October 21st, 2011 10:18 PM #7
As a teen with siblings, I could never imagine not having siblings. There is always someone to talk to, and someone to feel secure around. My brothers make me laugh, and I don't think I would be the same person without them. While I am not an only child, my feeling is that an only would probably get lonely."When the light falls on your face, don't let it change you
When the stars get in your eyes, don't let it blind you
You're beautiful, just the way you are
And I love it all, every line and every scar"
October 22nd, 2011 03:29 AM #9Senior Member
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I am the eldest of four children, I love it and wouldnt want it any other way. Of course we would have silly fights with each other when we were younger etc but overall were are all so close now that we are in our early 20s/late teens we are getting even closer going out together on the weekends etc. It feels like I have 3 lifelong friends who have all shared the same experiences as me which is pretty special. I plan on having 4 kids but if not then at least 3. I cant imagine what it would have been like being an only child, to me it seems that it would be boring, lonely and very quiet! The few 'only child's I know were very spoilt growing up and seem to have a different perspective than myself and my friends who have one or more siblings although they seem to be fine with the fact that they never had any siblings growing up but I guess who cant really miss something that you never had. Of course if you feel that you would be unable to manage the physical, emotional and financial demands of more than one child than obviously it is better for yourself, your partner and the child to only have one. Besides you can always have your first and then see how you are feeling then, who knows, you could end up wanting more and more!