To those of us who are only children, do you feel that those with siblings do not understand
and/or tend to misjudge us?
In some ways yes, they do not understand. The most common response I get is, "Oh you're so lucky. I wish I was one." And I usually respond by saying, "No you don't." I think those with siblings seem to go by the one-dimensional idea of getting your own space and not sharing things. However, sharing and sharing space is a huge part of growing up. In fact when I went to college, I was looking forward to having a roommate. We didn't have to be the best of friends, but I wanted to learn the compromise of what it's like to share with someone. I believe I am good with sharing but had I had siblings I think it would be more innate.
I have found that the average person w/siblings can be very negative towards only children. Many people with siblings portend that we onlies have "something missing". They tend to inflict their sibling psychology upon the only child population.
Each of us has our own preconceived notions regarding only children. I think those with siblings assume many a false belief regarding only children, just as I think only children assume things pertaining to those with siblings.
I have often been ask over the years (by many people for a variety of reasons) if, as an only child, I was lonely. I always found that questions to be strange and yet interesting. The assumption that an only child is lonesome because there are no brothers and sisters to interact with is understandable and yet, in my case, couldn't be further from my reality. I didn't know anything other than being by myself. I was fortunate to grow up closely with a few cousins, but for the most part I was alone when I presume, brothers and sisters would be together.
Growing up as an only child has many benefits. When asked by a couple that were considering only having a single child if I thought not having siblings was detrimental, I simply replied, "I enjoyed my childhood".
Thank you for this MOST POSITIVE comment. We onlies need to educate the sibling population that only children are just as good as they are. Maybe you should write a hub regarding this! Being an only child DOES have a MYRIAD of benefits, amen!
by NiaG19 months ago
Or if you had siblings did you wish you were an only child?
by Grace Marguerite Williams3 years ago
What is the FIRST thing that comes to mind when you hear the words...............ONLY CHILD?
by Grace Marguerite Williams3 months ago
To those who have 1 child, do you get intrusive, probing questions from relatives &other people?
by jagandelight8 weeks ago
Do you think an only child is better off more than they are with siblings?
by Gemini Fox4 years ago
If you are an only child, do you wish that you had been part of a large family OR . . .if you had many siblings, do you wish that you had been from a smaller family or an only child?
by jon smith4 years ago
Is an only child always a lonely child?
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