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I Am An Only Child

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    I don't have any siblings.

    I sometimes wonder what it would have been like, but I guess I'll never know. But on the other hand, I don't really care.
    Sanvis Sanvis 18-21, F Jul 12

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    I Could Never Admit It

    I'm an only child and I used to hate it. It got so lonely. When I was in primary school, I got picked on and didn't really have any friends and always wanted a brother or sister to keep my company and stand up for me. I wanted that sibling bond. My god brother, who is 3 years...
    Jennir Jennir 22-25 4 Responses Mar 23, 2008

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    I Was Lonely As A Child. Wait Nothing Has Changed ...

    Growing up an only child was difficult. Although I never had to share and was probably spoiled more than most. I would rather of had a sibling. My parents were older when they had me and due to health issues could only have me. They tried there best but they didn't have the...
    NothinginmyWAY NothinginmyWAY 31-35, F 3 Responses Nov 27, 2013

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    Growing up as an only child has made me way

    more mature than I should be. Plus I look way older than I am. My friends and family have a running joke that I've been 25 ever since I've turned 16. I don't get carded for anything ever.
    Zacarabear Zacarabear 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 25

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    Only Child Mug Shots

    Very interesting....just doing random research and noticed that most of the profile pics by 'Only Children' are not the typical head shots but pictures of scenery/pets/objects that perhaps represent how the individual Only sees himself???  Which reminds me of something i...
    fancypantalones fancypantalones 36-40, F 7 Responses Feb 18, 2010

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    Only Child=boring?

    Being an only child is sometimes the exact opposite of what people think is.When I say I'm the only child in the family,I'll get reactions like "OMG.YOU'RE SO LUCKY!!!" or "I BET YOU GET EVERYTHING YOU WANT!!" or even things like "SPOILT I'M SURE." I...
    shotherlove shotherlove 16-18, F 12 Responses Feb 26, 2008

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    I am an only child, and I'm about to head off

    to college. My dad works a lot of evenings, consequently my mom and I are home together a lot. Now that I'm leaving, I know she will be home alone many nights a week, and so I feel extremely guilty when he is at work and I go out with friends and she's left alone. I try not to...
    zbardin zbardin 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 17

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    It Is The Worst Thing To Be An Only Child

    I hate being an only child. I think they should call it a lonely child because I am so lonely all the time and i don't have too many close friends. Thats another thing about being an only child is that not having a sibling makes you not good with people and socially inconfident...
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses Jul 26, 2011

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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 with all those issues too! It's a double edged sword!
    queerinthehead queerinthehead 41-45, M 3 Responses Aug 17

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    Only Children Please Read This!

    Hello. Chances are that you're here because you're an only child. I'm glad that you found me. Let me introduce myself, just call me Sharon, i'm 35 and married (happily, i might add) with two wonderful boys, ages 3 and 6. I live in Canada and I am also (wait for it).... an only...
    jadestress jadestress 31-35, F 19 Responses Dec 18, 2011

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    JamesB20 JamesB20 18-21, M May 27

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    It gets lonely sometimes.

    I wish I had an older sibling but that's never going to happen. Even if my mom got pregnant again I'd still be the oldest kid in my family. Sure I have many cousins, but they are all younger than me and I only see them once in a while.
    PinkChocolate00 PinkChocolate00 13-15, F 3 Responses Apr 7

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    All Me!

    Being an only child is pretty cool. Just like everything else in life, it has it's pros and cons. I don't have to share my parents, or much of anything which I like. I get more attention than people with siblings get. But a bad thing about getting so much attention is that, I...
    deleted deleted 26-30 5 Responses May 30, 2011

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    Okay, let me be the first to remind you

    that I posted this not to for you to pity me, but rather to understand that having a sibling is way better than being a solo child. After 21 years, you'd probably think I was used to being alone, but no, I am not. I had no one to share my problems with family, education, love...
    Ansonicchi Ansonicchi 18-21, M 3 Responses May 15

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    Not As Wonderful As It May Sound...

    My mom died when I was even hardly two years old, so it was always just my dad and me. Whenever I would tell someone I was a only child they'd say how lucky I am, and they complain about their siblings. I always think the other way around, and wish I had a brother or a sister. I...
    Chasing4flowers Chasing4flowers 18-21, F 4 Responses May 16, 2011

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    I'm the only one! Just like Tigger sang.

    I have hated it. I was very lonely as a child and used to cry when my friends had to go home. I begged for a sibling until I was 12 and realized by the time the baby was born I'd be a perfect babysitter.
    Sparkle20 Sparkle20 41-45, F 1 Response Jul 16

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    Getting a sibling was one of my worst childhood

    fears. I even. When I was about 6, I ordered my dad not to "make another one". :D This feeling has never changed - at no point in my life I wished for a brother or sister. I guess I felt that my parents couldn't cope with me and at that time didn't have the strength to pay...
    Sorfarina Sorfarina 26-30, F Jun 16

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    Sometimes it gets hard especially around the

    holidays. Being in college I love the idea of coming home and I love the opportunity to relax. However, I hate the harsh reality of my lonely lifestyle. My parents are very private people; they don't have many friends. My mom has two sisters much older than her that don't have...
    Soltanto Soltanto 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 28, 2013

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    Everyone with a sibling would think

    that you're a spoiled kid if you're an only child. That was not the case with me. I was spoiled, but not by my parents. They give me what I neediand sometimes what I want if they can afford it. Usually I don't really want anything. But when they do give me things I don't need...
    ashfaaqb ashfaaqb 18-21, M 2 Responses Jul 30

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    keishajo keishajo 18-21, F 1 Response Jun 17

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    I now have a page from a magazine on my wall

    that says "20 years, 20 secrets." That is how I feel. Everything I've experienced, felt, and been through, has all piled up in my mind, never to be known by anyone. I had no siblings to witness or experience my life with me. As an only child, you can assume I got a lot of...
    blindmelonade blindmelonade 18-21 3 Responses Dec 21, 2013

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    It's not all it's always cracked up to be.

    It's peaceful and quiet but then you'll have those moments where you'll kind of wish you had siblings to help keep you occupied.
    Born2Inspire Born2Inspire 18-21, M 1 Response Jun 3

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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 experience panic attacks, serious depression, and i cant seem to figure out why i bother with life anymore. I suppose im just weak
    thebestjess thebestjess 22-25, F 4 Responses Aug 3

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    Sometimes i love it, sometimes i get lonely

    and wonder how it could be to have a sibling.
    pinksteam pinksteam 18-21, F 1 Response May 27

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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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    I think only children are spoilt,

    but not in the material sense, and it comes with a psychological price. We are spoiled in the sense that we get attention from our parents. Lots of attention. I find I don't ASK for a lot of expensive things because I don't need crap to fill a lack of a fulfilling parent-child...
    siggymcsig siggymcsig 18-21, M 1 Response Jun 13

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    Yup, my parents got it right the first time

    ;) HAPPY NATIONAL ONLY CHILD DAY EVERYONE!!
    azngirl123 azngirl123 13-15, F Apr 12

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    Some times it's good to be an only child

    but sometimes it sucks cause yes you won't have any siblings to bother you or hit you or kick you or punch you xD if your a only child you won't be bothered by your siblings at all you'll just be at home watching tv, playing on the wii,texting your friends,playing grand theft...
    vivian3172 vivian3172 13-15, F 1 Response Aug 18

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    Im an only child who grew up with absent

    parents. We lived in the same roof but they're always out doing their own separate things go on with their long separate vacations in god knows where. Plus my neighbors are mostly old snob couples so i didn't have anyone to play with or neighbors to visit. Not having siblings...
    trentoy trentoy 18-21, M 6 Responses Jun 22

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    I actually love being the only child!

    I didn't want to become a spoiled brat, so I never made my parents buy me anything that was too expensive or if I had already bought something recently... And since I love solitude, having no brother of sister around is a great thing! ^_^
    Redhy11 Redhy11 16-17, F 1 Response Jul 28

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    Hi everyone, if you are an only child please

    comment on this as I feel you may relate to my story. I have been reading about how only children are seen through non only children's eyes and I have to say its very stereotypical. Let me start off by saying many people say 'you don't seem like an only child' or as the teachers...
    clokkers clokkers 13-15, F 1 Response a week ago

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    Spoiled And Lonely

    I am an only child so my mom and my granddad spoil me a lot even when I don't need anything. People say that I am lucky to move to places. People say that I am lucky to be an only child. People say that I am lucky to be spoiled, but I think that the ones who have siblings, the...
    weirdgirl95 weirdgirl95 18-21, F 3 Responses May 12, 2013

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    I want to see all my soilders,

    the only childs. I want to talk to you, about how hard has been to us to learn to share, abot how good was to get all the attention from your parents and also to have to grow by your selve. Inbox me
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Jul 14

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    Sometimes I think it would have been nice to

    have siblings, but other times I don't mind too much, I don't have anyone interfering with my belongings!
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Apr 11

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    On my dad's side, hopefully.

    I don't want any possible siblings being forced to deal with a self-centered jackass. On the other hand, it would be nice to know if I have a long lost sister. I've always wanted an older sister to look up to or a little sister whom I could protect. But as far as I'm concerned...
    patrick199 patrick199 16-17, M Jun 3

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    I Never Liked It..

    As a kid I always begged for a brother or sister. I felt like I was missing out on something. My Mother was unable to have children, which was something I never understood when I was younger. I always wanted a little sister who had a name that matched mine.. like Tara & Sara...
    Aleighsha Aleighsha 18-21, F 27 Responses Jan 7, 2010

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    Only Child With Lots Of Siblings

    My parents only had me. My parents only had me. My mother has been handicapped her whole life, she was a preemie and a 'dry birth'. Basically in the end she had a cist on the base on her brain which causes seizers about twice a week, and her right arm is barely usable. My father...
    LostnExcited LostnExcited 26-30, F Jan 31, 2011

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    Times Two

      I am an only child..... and the mother of one !! I was adopted at around 9 months of age and I was raised as an only child. It was a different childhood, it was pretty special at times, and very lonely at times. I was sometimes the center of attention and yet my...
    underconstruction underconstruction 41-45, F 1 Response Apr 26, 2009

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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 times but I do get all the love and that helps too. I still have that wish of having a sister feeling at times. I have really awesome friends...
    laurenstone97 laurenstone97 16-17, F 1 Response Aug 16

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    I just wish i had a sibling.

    I never thought about this when i was younger but as i see it, i'm quite scared that i might grow old alone. It would have been more comforting if i had a sibling whom i can trust and depend on.
    OnlyCB OnlyCB 22-25, F 2 Responses Jul 10

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    Parents, Either Have 0 Kids Or More Than 1. Please.

    being an only child is absolutely horrible. i know that psychologists and scientists have dispelled the "only child syndrome" belief, but believe me.... there is an only child syndrome. of all the only children i know (myself and husband included), we are not spoiled and bratty...
    erbbb26 erbbb26 26-30 6 Responses Dec 5, 2010

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    (Originally posted on May 7,

    2013) Lonely My parents were going to have a baby after me, but that fell through. Growing up I have always been shy because I haven't been used to other kids. I always wanted a kid my age to share life with. On top of being an only child, my dad moved me away from my...
    NeonPurple NeonPurple 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 6

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    Need Some Advice

    I need some advice I have some one that owes me around £1,500, it is a freind who is no longer a freind because he said he will never pay me back, how can I get my money back any advice from anyone would be welcome.
    AlexUK23 AlexUK23 18-21, M 5 Responses Jan 18, 2012

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    Yup, I'm the lucky one.

    The only one. I'm "special." But in any case, I think there are a lot of misconceptions about only children. We get called spoiled brats and people think we're treated like little princes and princesses by our parents. Well I'm here to inform you that that is not always the...
    JohGrace JohGrace 22-25, F 4 Responses May 4

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    I love being an only child,

    but when I have children, I plan on having more than one!
    brownskinnedbeauty brownskinnedbeauty 22-25, F May 26

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    Afraid Of Losing My Folks

    Okay so I'm Alexis an official only child, I never believed in stereotyping because I've met many "only childs" in my life and one is never the same with another. I'm 19 and I can say I've had my share of life. I wasn't spoiled since my childhood wasn't as smooth as the others...
    richeanne richeanne 18-21, F 4 Responses Feb 17, 2011

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    I Am A Only Child, But Not The Only Kid In The House Now

    I am my mom's only child. Though I moved in with my Uncle and his family a while back. So now I have a baby cousin and a older cousin to learn to live with. Its hard getting used to having to share a bathroom or having to deal with another persons attitude at times. I miss being...
    Drake2013 Drake2013 16-17, M 1 Response Jun 11, 2012

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    Its Good Most Of The Time

    I like being the only child because I cannot get in trouble or get blamed for my brother or sister doing something stupid. My parents have too many expectations sometimes and its so annoying. Sometimes I wish I had a sister to take the attention off of me. It could get lonely at...
    Natalie542 Natalie542 13-15, F 4 Responses Aug 6, 2013

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    Mommy's Only Princess,

    Tata's Reluctant Eldest- I used to ask my mother when I was little, "Why I don't have a brother or sister?" "Mommy's body doesn't hold babies very well. I had to pray and cry and beg just to get you here! All of your brothers and sisters are in Heaven. " She said. I accepted...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Jul 19

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    Me ************* too.

    Does is suck or naw BITTERSWEET *****
    kraezy kraezy 22-25, F Jun 16

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    Related Experiences

    I see that everyone in this group shares an exceptional / traumatic circumstance beyond their control...we are all only children whos parent have passed away....my circumstances...
    gotjeep65 gotjeep65 46-50, F Sep 3

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    More like an only child with an older sibling. I have an older sister but we have different mothers. But I was raised and truly believed I was an only child until I was 6. I was...
    FallenPride FallenPride 22-25, M Sep 7

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    My mom passed away several months ago of cervical cancer. I'm 22 years old and an only child. She was a single parent and pretty much the only real family i had left. I feel...
    JMHR91 JMHR91 22-25, M 2 Responses Sep 4

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