I Am An Only Child of a Single Parent

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 198 People

    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, 2015


    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

    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


    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
    5 Responses Dec 3, 2011

    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

    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
    5 Responses Oct 8, 2012

    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

    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

    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

    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
    1 Response Sep 27, 2010

    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

    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

    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
    3 Responses Oct 8, 2011

    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

    I am the only child of a single parent,

    and I've posted about this before. My mom is my closest family. I currently am 21 and a junior in college, and live at home with her. This fall, I'm deciding whether to move into a house with some of my friends from school. The house is only 15 minutes away from my mom. However...
    hartlinge hartlinge
    22-25, F
    Feb 17

    Why is it that you are angry?

    That your past mistakes were brought up by my simple story, and as I casually take steps back forebodingly, you storm in a whirlwind of emotions with vengeance, hatred and blame. She is weak and my mention brings anger to her too, but because of you that you didn’t take...
    HayleySunny HayleySunny
    22-25, F
    Oct 14, 2015

    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...
    deleted deleted
    Feb 21, 2014

    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
    1 Response Mar 27, 2011

    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

    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

    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

    I was raised primarily by my mother

    and my grandmother, I never knew who my father was and really didnt care because I had my mom (and grandmom). Life as an only was lonely at times, but I made up for it by having many friends, at least people I considered friends. I lost my grand mom in 91 and my mom in 94 and I...
    EtTuJudas EtTuJudas
    46-50, M
    Feb 6

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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
    16-17, F
    2 Responses Jul 27, 2013

    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

    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
    Jun 22, 2012


    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
    3 Responses Aug 11, 2009

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