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I Am An Only Child of a Single Parent

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 175 People

    Going To Meet My Farther

    Going to london in march, to meet up with family, amongst other things. My dad will be there, and Im fairly nervous since ive never met him before. We've conversed on the internet, but thats about it. How do I react to a man who has been absent for almost two decades, leaving...
    chiakaiyuki chiakaiyuki 18-21, F 5 Responses Jan 13, 2011

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    I was raised by my mother

    and grandma. My father died a month before I was born. Its been a lonely childhood and my grandma has also passed away. Now with the two of us it doesn't really feel like a family. I'm 26 years old and feel orphaned.
    riya981826 riya981826 26-30, F 1 Response Jan 20

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    I never really had a father.

    My mom divorced "my ***** donor" when I was 7 years old. He wasn't really part of my life since birth because I wasn't a boy. My mother raised me on her own. Technically, I am an only child. However when I was 21, I learned I had an older half sister. We have different fathers...
    Booksaremypassion Booksaremypassion 41-45, F Feb 21, 2014

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    No More Kids and a Divorcee

    After I was born, my mom said that she wasn't having anymore kids. I wasn't even supposed to be born. My mom said that when she became pregnant with me, she was on a birth control pill. I like to think that I was born for a reason. Also, my mom devorced my step-dad in...
    tampabaybucsfan tampabaybucsfan 22-25, M Aug 26, 2009

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    And I Have Been For Most of My Life..

    My parents were drastically mismatched. I was born in Brazil and spent the first two years of my life there. My parents separated and my mum and I moved to the UK, where she is from. Since then, it has been just the two of us. She had a boyfriend for a little while when I was 7...
    angelswings1985 angelswings1985 22-25, F 9 Responses Jun 2, 2009

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    I feel really guilty saying this,

    but I hate my mum. She had me when she was really young and I find her to be immature and a bit of a burden
    tan5525 tan5525 31-35, F Aug 8, 2014

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    I Wouldn't Want It Any Other Way...

    I don't remember my father. I remember a time when I did remember my father, if that makes any sense, but now I wouldn't know him from a stranger. My mother had me when she was 18 to her first boyfriend, and was too scared to have an abortion. My father did something horrible...
    kikis2 kikis2 22-25, F 2 Responses Sep 27, 2010

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    Growing Up - Does It Mean Growing Apart?

    Just like everyone else in this group, I grew up as the only child of a single parent. My grandmother on my mother's side passed away when I was 11, so my mom and I have been very dependent on one another for as long as I can remember. She was essentially an only child of a...
    csubee csubee 26-30, F 2 Responses Oct 13, 2009

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    Not Any Different

    I am just as blessed as anyone else with both their parents around. My mom's financially and intellectually capable of raising me by herself. In fact, I realize that most people around me actually perform worse as they lack exposure.
    kikkimayo kikkimayo 22-25, F Aug 4, 2012

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    I Am An Only Child Of A Single Parent

    I am an only child of a single parent.  I don't even remember my mom and dad never talks about her.  I want to know what happened to her someday.  Its just dad and me living here with all kinds of animals.
    ibelieveu ibelieveu 13-15, F Mar 4, 2010

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    Not Really An Only Child Tho...

    but i might as well be... my brother is 19 years older than me and is married and lived in New Zealand.... so we were never really living in the same house so i do pretty much consider myself and only child. and i hate it. especially having a single parent to raise me, i really...
    asdfok asdfok 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 3, 2008

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    I Think Its A Blessing To Be An Only Child From A Single Parent

    Sometimes i tell myself that I'm unlucky to be an only child but having come from Africa its such a joy to be an only child.I look at my fellow africans who were born from large families and the trouble they have to go through growing up with luck of food,shelter and clothing and...
    evelyyn evelyyn 22-25, F Nov 9, 2012

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    Only And Misunderstood

    So, I went online to actually learn about "the only child syndrome." As I was reading, I was thinking this is about 80% true, and I'm a living example of it. I'm an only child raised by a single mom. And let me tell you right now, that journey we shared was tough. Now that I'm in...
    lenolymiss lenolymiss 18-21 3 Responses Oct 8, 2011

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    Kinda Complicated

    My parents got divorced when I was two, and I just lived with my mom since then. I still visit my dad, and we have an alright relationship, but I've been 95% raised by my mom. My dad is remarried aand has 2 boys. I love them so much! Their mom, however, I don't get along...
    marlawashere marlawashere 13-15, F 4 Responses Jul 14, 2009

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    Long Story

     My dad left my mom when I was 3 months old.My mom found a new love three years later and he moved in with us, but unfortunately he got ill a few months later and died in hospital.This was a devastating blow to my mom and she got depressed after so much bad luck. I remember...
    subliminalmessenger subliminalmessenger 36-40 1 Response Mar 27, 2011

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    My Mother and Me

    Ever since I was five, it's been mostly my mother and me. We've had a lot of support from her parents, but she's the one who's had the biggest influence. She's the one that I'm certain will back me up no matter what situation I find myself in.
    b1alasdair b1alasdair 18-21, M Aug 14, 2009

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    Decisions As I Get Older

    i'm an only child. i'm 24 now and i just want time away or apart. she expects me to live with her for the rest of my life. she's very overprotective that its a completely negative attribute. she expects me to have a wife and kids in 5 yrs but honestly, i don't see how that's...
    endod endod 22-25 5 Responses Oct 8, 2012

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    She's The Best

    My Mom is my hero. I have so much respect and appreciation for her love, hard work, and sacrifice.
    GwenTenn93 GwenTenn93 18-21, F 3 Responses Dec 13, 2011

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    I am a wild horse. I think

    that I just need taming. Being an only child in a one parent family. I believe had made me emotionally immature. I also went to a boarding school at a very young age. This means that I am indifferent toward my mother as she seems to be toward me. I thought she sent me there for...
    seduct10n seduct10n 51-55, M Apr 10, 2014

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    Lonely

    Growing up it was hard it was just me and my mother. My mother didnt finish school so we didnt have alot of money. I was always lonely and wished i had another sibling. I would even lie and say that i had another sibling but i didnt. When i look at other people who have older...
    theylaughtheyyell theylaughtheyyell 18-21, F 4 Responses Aug 11, 2009

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    Yup.

    Since I was born, it's always been me and my mother. I was her only child, born when she was in her early thirties. I never felt lonely as a child; my mother is one of six, and between them they had plenty of children--even a few grandchildren by the time I was born-- for me to...
    Mikebissle Mikebissle 22-25, M 4 Responses Dec 3, 2011

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    My Dad

    I live together with my dad since my mother decided to move out. I was asked with whom I wanted to live with and I choosed my father. My mother went mad and left. I think he's quite a cool guy - more or less. It's only him and me. Sometimes it's a bit boring but I have a lot of...
    Ragnalikessnow Ragnalikessnow 13-15, F 3 Responses Jul 27, 2013

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    All Alone.

    When i was just a baby i got adopted by my grandpa & grandma.. they never told me i was adopted & so i just started calling them mom & dad, whenever i got older i just lived a normal life had tons of friends & then i started being around more of their parent wondering why mine...
    Nameeless Nameeless 16-17 Jun 22, 2012

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    Forever Protected

    My mother finally got the courage to leave her abusive husband when I was a mere three years old. I'm slowly learning the extent of the sacrifices she gave in order to raise me. Not to mention the pain she endured before I was even born. To begin, my mother had gone through three...
    kulashka kulashka 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 4, 2011

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    My parents divorced not long

    after I had turned one. My father moved out and I got used to seeing him every second day each week. I was mostly raised by my father and my grandmother. My mother wasn't around much at all when I was growing up. My father has been a relationship with my stepmother for as long...
    zanthemum zanthemum 18-21, F Dec 31, 2014

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    It was never easy. My dad died

    when I was barely 10. We have been struggling with financial issues since young. I always feel that I'm her burden and I'm now supporting myself financially. My mom did not have a proper education so she couldn't send me to university with her small amount of salary. I'm taking...
    applebeth applebeth 18-21, F Nov 13, 2014

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    Alone

    Hi, I live with my single mother.I dont have any brothers or sisters. Although i always waned a sibling. Most of my friends have siblings and they say that I am lucky not to have siblings. But I think they are lucky. I really wish I had siblings with whom I could talk and who...
    confused0312 confused0312 16-17, F 4 Responses Jun 1, 2011

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    Related Experiences

    Please don't join this group unless you're the DEFAULT parent. Paying child support, getting visiting rights or weekly time with your kid(s) etc DOES NOT make you a Single Parent...
    koh72 koh72 41-45, M 2 Responses Apr 15

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    I am an anomaly. I am a mother who has lost her children through parental alienation. The pain is excruciatingly horrific and beyond words. I was a stay at home mom who also...
    WiltedTulip WiltedTulip 41-45, F 3 Responses Apr 16

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    I'm a single parent with 7 grown kids looking to chat with other single females..mom about discipline in your home. I'm located in lower Michigan looking for a single female who is...
    spankyouhard spankyouhard 56-60, M 5 Responses Apr 19

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    But i have been surrounded by people who are. I would like to know your opinion of it. Does it affect personality, characteristics, mindset, relationship with people etc? For...
    loveisadoingword loveisadoingword 18-21 2 Responses Apr 18

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    Im about to talk it out.. i need to dump all of this off my shoulders.. im sorry if its rambling at long.. I don't actually expect anyone to read.. but i need a place to put these...
    alienmom82 alienmom82 31-35, F 2 Responses Mar 29

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    I am waiting for a child from a man I met in another continent. He knows about the baby but we do not love each other and I came back home especially to enjoy full medical and...
    seana8 seana8 31-35, F 2 Responses Apr 19

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    Outdated Concept Without Merit-This is a FAKE ILLNESS that does NOT exist and has been repeatedly disproven. I removed my child born to a American mother in the United States to...
    HappyinHague HappyinHague 41-45, M 5 Responses Mar 30

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    I know this sounds bad but I am a single dad of two kids. I was married to my second wife for 3 years but were together for 5 years. I will never ever ever get married to a single...
    timberland1972 timberland1972 41-45 8 Responses Apr 15

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    A Vindictive Ex and Corrupt Foreign Courts- [Early 2003]"Stop calling!" My then 8 year old daughter snapped. "Leave us alone!" then she hung up in my face as had happened the last...
    Cherokeebelle Cherokeebelle 41-45, F Apr 12

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    I have 3 brothers and 3 sisters all be the same mum and dad XD my parents have been together since my mum was 13 x3
    livelaughlove0987 livelaughlove0987 18-21, F 2 Responses 18 hrs ago

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    Child's D.O.B: July 1994 Date stolen: April 1998 Location: Killeen,Texas Abductor: disgruntled biological father aided and abetted by paternal grandmother Destination: Busan...
    FineAsWine45 FineAsWine45 41-45, F 1 Response Apr 16

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    I am legal guardian to a 17 year old boy whose mother died and whose father ran off after he was born. He appears to want to fail school despite all efforts. His mother had been...
    tastyfrzz tastyfrzz 46-50 2 Responses Apr 5

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    Today my daughter saw her father for the first time in over a year. The exact day he saw her last was the Wednesday before Valentines day last year. We had a schedule worked out...
    ashb3r ashb3r 22-25, F 2 Responses Apr 18

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    If I wanted to be **** on and totally disregarded, I'd still be married to your ***** donor
    Gwall1234 Gwall1234 36-40, F 3 Responses Apr 19

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    My son hasn't seen his "mom" since he was 2 months old. He is 3 now and has never had a mom.
    Salem27 Salem27 31-35, M 2 Responses Apr 19

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    I am actually 12 years old but I came to Ep so I would not be judged on social media.
    atheistdoglover atheistdoglover 31-35, F 1 Response Mar 29

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    My middle brother died in a car accident years ago. My youngest brother just took his life in January. I feel so alone.
    deleted deleted 26-30 7 Responses Mar 31

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