The Ten BEST Things About Being An Only Child, Part 1/2

(1) receiving UTTER & UNDIVIDED parental attention.You have NO sibling competition. You have your parents ALL TO YOURSELF!
(1) receiving UTTER & UNDIVIDED parental attention.You have NO sibling competition. You have your parents ALL TO YOURSELF!
(2) having privacy galore.You have quiet &alone time. There are NO interfering, intrusive& bothersome siblings CONSTANTLY interrupting you. Hallelujah!
(2) having privacy galore.You have quiet &alone time. There are NO interfering, intrusive& bothersome siblings CONSTANTLY interrupting you. Hallelujah!
(3) not being pidgeonholed into strict sibling roles.Children in multichild families are assigned such roles e.g. the smart,slow,&/or pretty one. You are FREE to be YOUR own person so speak!
(3) not being pidgeonholed into strict sibling roles.Children in multichild families are assigned such roles e.g. the smart,slow,&/or pretty one. You are FREE to be YOUR own person so speak!
(4) having a RICH imagination & being CREATIVE.You have no siblings who are automatic censors, telling you that your ideas are lame.There is no sibling groupthink construct to conform to. You can develop your UTMOST creative potential!
(4) having a RICH imagination & being CREATIVE.You have no siblings who are automatic censors, telling you that your ideas are lame.There is no sibling groupthink construct to conform to. You can develop your UTMOST creative potential!
(5) being self-contained.& having a sense of self-control.As an only child, you grew up in an ADULT environment which resulted in being adultlike at an early age. You are more mature overall than people who grew up with siblings.
(5) being self-contained.& having a sense of self-control.As an only child, you grew up in an ADULT environment which resulted in being adultlike at an early age. You are more mature overall than people who grew up with siblings.
and (6) being highly comfortable with those in authority.As an only child, your main interactors were parents, not siblings.As a result of constant interfacing with your parents, you were quite adept dealing with parents &/or other authority figures.
and (6) being highly comfortable with those in authority.As an only child, your main interactors were parents, not siblings.As a result of constant interfacing with your parents, you were quite adept dealing with parents &/or other authority figures.

One of a Kind-Breaking the Mold

Being the only child is fantastic. The only child is an alpha birth order and is the first born magnified. Here are the ten BEST things about being the Only Child in the family-the countdown starts right now.

(10) You receive your parents' undivided attention. You have no siblings to compete with nor vie for your parents attention. In other words, you have your parents all to YOURSELF. How wonderful!

(9) Having your room and belongings all to yourself. There are no siblings scrounging around and "borrowing" your belongings at all times during the days and nights. Your belongings are actually where you put them! What a great peace of mind and how nice that is!

(8) Privacy galore! You have ample quiet time to think and to be yourself. There are never any interfering and bothersome siblings to disturb you every five minutes. How lucky can you get!

(7) Having utter peace and quiet in the house. You have no squabbling younger siblings constantly causing disturbances. Furthermore, there are no siblings constantly coming and going, making a raucous hence there is plenty of quiet, uninterrupted time to explore and enjoy personal time.

(6) Not being slated to mandated sibling roles as the quiet one, smart one, beautiful/handsome one, athletic one, and/or other roles ad infinitum. You are free to develop your unique individual personal. You do not have to compete emotionally, physically, and financially with other siblings.

(5) Never ever being compared to a sibling-ever!. Thank God ! You are loved for your uniqueness. This translates into your developing high self-confidence and having a good sense of self. Furthermore, there will NEVER be an issue of favoritism as YOU are the CENTER of your parents' universe and will ALWAYS be!

(4) Having a rich imagination and being creative. There are no siblings who can be built-in censors constantly telling you that your ideas are stupid and lame. You also do not have to conform to the sibling groupthink consensus. As a result of not having any siblings, you are quite free to develop your human potential in any avenue that you want!

(3) Being self-contained and having a sense of self-control. As an only child, you grew up in an adult environment with your parents. You learned adult mannerisms and behaviors very early. You are less childish and more mature than people with siblings.

(2) You can do things independently, You are not needy. As an only child, you rely on yourself to do many things. This results in you developing independence at a very young age. You are quite comfortable doing things by yourself. In essence, you believe in and practice the art of self-reliance.

(1) Being comfortable with people in authority. You, as an only child, grew up in an adult environment. Your parents were the main focus of your interactions. When you had problems, you discussed it with them. When you had disagreements, you voiced them without worry. Based upon your interactions with your parents, you have learned to interface well with any adult and are quite comfortable doing so. You are not fearful of authority figures!

You now have my synopsis on the ten best things about being an only child.

© 2011 Grace Marguerite Williams

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ThePracticalMommy 5 years ago from United States

Wow. Now I see all the things I missed since I was the oldest of five...Lol. While I certainly wished I was an only child many (many, many) times, I wouldn't give up my siblings for the world. Nice hub, though! :) Voted up


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gmwilliams 5 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York Author

Only and oldest children are alpha birth orders. We are both first borns. Only and oldest children are leaders and are more mature and responsible. Both birth orders are good. Thank you for your response.


Sprite 5 years ago

Great list!

Another thing I would like to add is that you don't have to put up with your siblings' friends. My cousin use to hate when her brother's friends would come over, which was practically every day. An only child does not have to worry about that.


McHobbit 3 years ago

I am an only child and wouldn't want it any other way. People who act as if not having siblings is the worst thing in the world make me want to roll my eyes.


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gmwilliams 3 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York Author

Yes, they are woefully ignorant. They act if siblings are THE NEXT GREATEST THING! Oh, please siblings are NOTHING but DRAMA, DRAMA, DRAMA. I also love being an only child. Come and do as I pleased. If lonely, can make friends, people with siblings are more or less STUCK WITH THE ALBATROSS!


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

I can't imagine this being the 3rd of 7; lol. I bet it is the life though. True; you can make friends and I know many friends growing up become like siblings. Hope you weren't spoiled. ^+


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gmwilliams 2 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York Author

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