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I Am An Only Child of a Single Parent

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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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    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 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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    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 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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 2 Responses Jul 27, 2013

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Related Experiences

    I am 18 and being an only child didn't bother me until now. My parents are older than most because they had me in their forties and I often worry about what will happen to me if...
    namedashley namedashley 18-21, F Jan 3

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    im no single parent. I've been on the other side. im a daughter who has only a mom. my moms amazing shes put food on the table even when she was running low of money. she's made...
    xxpawprintsxx xxpawprintsxx 16-17, F 1 Response Jan 10

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    I am a 33 year old single female. My Mother died of colon cancer 9 years ago when I was 24, and my father began dating a much younger woman shortly after. She was getting a...
    lpifly lpifly 31-35 Jan 18

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    You know what helps with single parenthood? Other parents! Sometimes, you're just fine with a little help from your friends and you will be all right. If you need a break, drop...
    NoVADad703 NoVADad703 31-35, M 2 Responses Jan 22

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    I really don't enjoy being a single parent. Yes I know I made it happen but I just don't think I am the one for this job. I never really got into the kid thing. I want my life back...
    seriousmommyprob seriousmommyprob 31-35, F 6 Responses Jan 12

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    I just recently became a single parent and my kids are teenagers. Their dad is in the picture and he does help out some, but for now (and I hope until they leave home for college...
    lostit77 lostit77 46-50, F 3 Responses Jan 23

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    It's kinda sad to be an only child around here with only my mom and grandma bc it's really quiet and boring most of the time. I guess I like how I don't have to share Christmas...
    Lolllipoop Lolllipoop 13-15, M 1 Response Jan 19

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    Hate is a strong word. I do not hate being an only child. I'm careful to say that I dislike being an only child... but there are days when I wonder how my life would be different...
    chilldude82 chilldude82 18-21, M 2 Responses Jan 18

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    I wish people would stop complaining about their siblings because we only children will NEVER know what it feels like to have someone who will have your back no matter what, who...
    Ashthewolf7601 Ashthewolf7601 13-15, F 7 Responses Jan 5

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    I'm only child who always wanted an older or younger sibling. Every other member of my family (on both sides) has siblings except me. Originally I was supposed to have two older...
    KIKO787 KIKO787 26-30, M 2 Responses Jan 9

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    Does anyone else hate being an only child?
    thisissamwut thisissamwut 18-21, M 6 Responses Jan 17

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    I got married to have a family.I believed it be forever and the time in my life which would bring great joy. The woman I married gave me two children but she never gave me any...
    AfanOfbigNaturals AfanOfbigNaturals 41-45, M 4 Responses 6 days ago

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    Sometimes I feel like I made a mistake by keeping my children. I love them, would never wish them harm. But sometimes I feel I should have just given them up for adoption. I'm not...
    Jess7787 Jess7787 26-30, F 3 Responses Jan 9

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    So, today my husband or roomate started a new shift, which will keep him away from home more and more. I always did most of the parenting alone but, now its reality. I will have...
    DeadHeartsAreEverywhere DeadHeartsAreEverywhere 31-35, F 1 Response Jan 5

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    Im now a single mother of two boys who are my world. Im going through a divorce and its a pretty messed up time for me. id like to one day meet someone who will make me feel...
    kellyg0107 kellyg0107 26-30, F 1 Response Jan 23

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    Thank god for friends and beer! Also thanks to those of you who understood my vent and where i was coming from. Cheers!! 🍻
    Jess7787 Jess7787 26-30, F 1 Response Jan 10

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    I filld the bathtub with bubbels and let the kids go wild. Thay started splashing it was fryday aka messy day at our house so I said "you can go wild and just saok ANYTHING you...
    wallace65 wallace65 22-25, M 5 days ago

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    I cant express how lonely my life is .. Im 17 and i still can feel the emptiness inside me ... I just want to be loved! I want to have a sister or brother that i can talk to and...
    Gabbie03 Gabbie03 16-17, F 8 Responses Jan 11

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    I kinda wish I had a sister but I don't and there is no fours legged dog sister either. :(
    AlainaD2002 AlainaD2002 13-15, F 3 Responses Jan 17

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    I wish I had at least one sister or brother. :p
    5s0s 5s0s 16-17, M 2 Responses Jan 23

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    My mother is diagnosed with BPD. I've kinda known for several years, however her alcoholism was taking the blame for all of her verbal berating & the time, 2 years ago, when she...
    AmandainFL AmandainFL 36-40, F Jan 13

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