Being an only child does not make one lonely. I am an only child and I never lacked of any thing. My parents loved me, we had a roof over our head, food, toys and friends. An only child is often a lucky one. I found it easy to make friends.
being an only child does not make one lonely, it all depends on the kid's environment.
Depends on why the child is an "only". If he/she was an "oops", then yeah, probably missing a lot that other non-onlys have. But if an Only by the parents' choice, the child never has to compete for the parents' attention.
My best friend in childhood was technically an only. Her only sibling was already 18 and ready to leave home when she was born. So her parents raised two "only" children. Always found that fascinating.
The serious problems for an only child come when the parents are crazy. Plenty of parents are crazy.
Also children learn to relate to the world through relationships in the family. All other relationships are secondary. Being an only child leads to many problems whether its giving and getting attention or feeling safe to be assertive and angry or one hundred other things.
Big families give a person a better chance of having all their need met. Unless the whole family is crazy and, of course, many big families are totally crazy.
It depends on the parenting our son is an only child and overall he is well rounded with the exception of sharing, he does not like to share. We however are definitely working on this.
I'm a single child and while I'd absolutely love siblings, I think I turned out ok.
Growing up, I was never envious of my friends who had annoying little brothers or sisters. Now that I'm older, I'd love to have a little brother or sister.
Throughout life, I've found friends that are 'surrogate' siblings. Two of my good friends are like big brothers to me.
I think it would depend on what part or time in ones life it was. You know. I often found it hard to tell who was an only child and who was not. From my personal experience, looking back I see that those who didn't have siblings or those who had siblings that were very distant in age, were a bit more serious in personality. But then perhaps too it depends on what types on influences they have, how close to extended family with others of similar age there are.
I've a younger sister 5 years younger than I. No brothers. Not much of an extended family.
Interesting topic to bring up Lgali. I spent much of my life pondering this same subject.
No matter what we are, we're going to miss out on some of the good and bad things about whatever we aren't. There are positive and negative things to coming from a large family, being an only child, having all sisters or all brothers, etc. etc. The same is true for whether we have siblings close to our age or farther apart in age.
My sister once joked that she felt kind of bad that her youngest son didn't have a little brother or sister; but "too bad, someone has to be the youngest". I commented to my only daughter (who has two older brothers) that I felt bad she doesn't have a sister, and she immediately said, "I'm glad I don't! I see how some of my friends are with their sisters!" On the other hand, I have one sister and think my daughter will never really know what she's missing. Again, there's no way any of us can not miss out on one thing or another. I think the important thing is having parents who know how to make you feel as if you're not missing out anything.
I do not think children with out siblings will turn out to be weird or bad. But think it would be beneficial as they would learn care, love, sacrifice, sharing and other good virtues.
It is not that single children wont have any of this virtue but think it helps.
I think it depends on the childs family/lifestyle etc. If an only child doesn't really get a chance to mix with other kids at all then they are bound to be lacking certain qualities. I have a nephew that is an only child. He is not spoilt by his parents and spends a huge amount of time in our house and my sister in laws where he is surrounded by cousins of a similar age to him.
So I don't think he misses out too much as he has so much social interaction with other kids.
Jeez, I wish I had been an only child. Instead, I had a hateful younger brother who held a grudge just because I came out of the womb first, and a sister who is obsessive-compulsive. It takes her half a day just to open her front door. The "only" child can get the socialization in school and on the outside without interpretations from other sibblings, but will miss out learning to fight for food while it's still hot. I truly believe the only time an "only" child suffers is when the parents have no skills in parenting and socialization.
Who are the only son of dere parents they are very lucky in present days but by nature they becomes selfish & they hate dere relatives .. and it might be bad when they becomes older..i think so.........
by Gemini Fox 8 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 Leta S 7 years ago
Mine would have to be when my sister (the wild child) stole a bunch of other girls' purses out of their lockers when she was still in high school and stashed them in my dorm room when I was a freshman in college. (Who the heck knows why she did that?)I didn't know what to do. I wasn't exactly...
by Grace Marguerite Williams 4 years ago
To those who have 1 child, do you get intrusive, probing questions from relatives &other people?
by Wasteless Project 7 years ago
Do you think that children who grow up with siblings are happier?How much difference do siblings really make in a child's life? What are your own and your kids experiences?
by NiaG 5 years ago
Or if you had siblings did you wish you were an only child?
by seanorjohn 11 years ago
I often tell my brother I am thinking of writing a book called "My brother Joe". he gets real nervous.
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