I had an extremely close relationship with my parents. I was spoken to and treated as an adult. I was exposed to cultural activities early such as plays, fashion shows, and/or recitals. I was not treated as an average child. My parents expected me to be mannerly and well behaved which I was.
I enjoyed my time with my parents going to movies, watching the late show movies on Friday nights. I shall cherish those memories forever. I also enjoyed reading and other solitary endeavors. I was quite adept at sketching. People loved having me around because I was so well behaved and was not disorderly like other children. They would always invite me back to their homes because when I visited them, I engaged them in an adult conversation and was not wild, running around like other children.
The library was also my best friend. I could go to the library and read books until closing. My parents told me that as a toddler, I never cried nor wet the bed. They further told me that as a child, I knew how to sit still and occupy myself in my hobbies. My adult neighbors even remarked how mature I was for my age. Yes, I enjoyed being an only child and would not have it any other way.
Growing up as an only child meant undivided attention. Because of this attention, I was never emotionally needy as other children who had to compete with each other for parental attention. I had everything that I wanted emotionally, physically, psychologically, and even psychically. It is so great to be an only child.
Yes, there is a vast difference between only children and children with siblings. Only children are on the average more mannerly, sophisticated, and well behaved because we grew up in an adult environment where our only models were parents. We also have a more advanced vocabularies because we were talked to as adults instead of children. We are more culturally, academically, and intellectually inclined than other children. As a child, I found children with siblings to be quite insufferable, childish, wild, and ill behaved for the most part. They were the ones who caused the most problems in school while the only children were studious, diligent, and well behaved. As a child, my friends were always older than me. I could not relate to children my age as they were too intellectually backwards.