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I Am An Only Child of a Single Parent

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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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 1 Response Jul 27, 2013

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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

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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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    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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    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 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 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

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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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    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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    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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    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

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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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    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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    Right. So this week so far, I have had 2 sick children, a 3 year old who COnSTANtly whined (I thought for a second there I was losing my sanity), a 5 year old who chirped me: "Mom...
    99hello99 99hello99 31-35, F 1 Response 21 hrs ago

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    Im very sincere & kindhearted! I belong to decent,respectable & hardworking family..being overweight i had late marriage at 28 & have asymmetrical bust..it felt miracle when i got...
    notwitoutmyson notwitoutmyson 26-30, F Aug 14

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    I suppose it's ok since I've never known any different. As my parents age, it'd be nice to have a person to share that childhood connection....
    tamgraham tamgraham 36-40, F Jul 30

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    It gets lonely. I don't understand why my ex can find someone and happiness. When he left our family broken and me here to pick up the pieces. It's hard because I'm trying my best...
    Jess7787 Jess7787 26-30, F 1 Response Aug 10

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    As I always try to say they stopped at perfection. Always gets some good laughs from my parents when I mention that. I admit though having a sister would of been pretty nice at...
    laurenstone97 laurenstone97 16-17, F 1 Response Aug 16

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    This mama needs a break, and possibly a beer. 😥
    Jess7787 Jess7787 26-30, F 2 Responses Jul 30

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    rainbowdolohin rainbowdolohin 31-35, F 1 Response a week ago

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    And here i am left alone to deal with the fact my mum is an acoholic, my dad is mentally unwell. I just feel like im infected an eventually one day im gonna go crazy. Now i...
    thebestjess thebestjess 22-25, F 4 Responses Aug 3

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    sometimes it feels like I was robbed for not having siblings - then I see the fall outs others have, with their siblings, which makes me think how lucky I am not to have to deal...
    queerinthehead queerinthehead 41-45, M 3 Responses Aug 17

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    Its not as fun as you think its lonely i always wanted a brother or a sister because i would be the good brother to them
    steeleo steeleo 16-17, M 6 days ago

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    I once had a decent income working as a team manager in a customer service company. I became pregnant with my first daughter now 4 and due to medical problems I was let go for...
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    I'm twenty-six years old and I've been a single dad to my fourteen year old step sister Kelly for twelve years now. After both our parents died, she had no living family members on...
    coachzoni coachzoni 26-30, M 3 Responses Aug 11

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    August 20. Honesty in Relationships. We can be honest and direct about our boundaries in relationships and about the parameters of a particular relationship. Perhaps no area of...
    zeeva70 zeeva70 41-45, F Aug 20

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    1997........when I was 19 I lost my Mum to cancer, I was just about to start my A Level finals and head off to Uni when she was diagnosed with lung cancer but then died 3 days...
    aronpaul8778 aronpaul8778 36-40, M 1 Response 3 days ago

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    My 20-year old son hates me. We have been so close his whole life. He really did not seek out the company of others his age. He grew up in the company of adults and with his IQ and...
    zepha123 zepha123 41-45, F 4 Responses Aug 21

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    People have asked me since I'm close to 30 if I want kids. I tell them I need the husband first, then I can think about having kids. And I pray that it's a marriage that will last...
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