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I Am An Only Child

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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, 2014

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    randompanda18 randompanda18 13-15, F 3 Responses Jan 27

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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 25 Responses Jan 7, 2010

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    I am an only child because my dad told my mom

    "We're going to have one child and raise him right." I had a similar discussion with my wife. I told her "It's either no children or two or more children."
    RustySubway RustySubway 36-40, M 1 Response Oct 6, 2015

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    My name is Kyung Won Jung,

    but I've been going by "KJ" ever since the 5th grade; I'm 32 now. I was born as an only child in South Korea and moved to the United States with my parents when I was 7. After arriving in Brooklyn, NY; my family has moved several times around the eastern coast due to my dad's...
    kthejung kthejung 31-35, M Nov 9, 2015

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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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    I hate being an only child.

    ..it's such a lonely existence. What saddens me the most is I never got the chance to hear someone call me their Sister or Auntie. What I also resent is the fact that all only children are seen as spoilt...I was not spoilt!!! They are also often accused of not wanting to...
    Alreadyowned7379 Alreadyowned7379 36-40, F 4 Responses Jun 17, 2015

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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 5 Responses Mar 31, 2015

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    I like it and hated at the same time.

    I wish I had brothers and sisters sometime.
    plumpbetsy plumpbetsy 26-30, F 1 Response Sep 27, 2015

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    my kids won't have aunts

    or uncles on my side of the family
    deleted deleted 26-30 May 27, 2015

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    it gets really lonely not having a sibling to

    talk to, or have by my side.
    joseph115 joseph115 26-30, M 2 Responses Dec 22, 2015

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    People always stereotype me.

    They think I'm spoiled, bratty and lonely. Especially people who come from big families. There are some pretty bratty people who grew up with siblings. The thing I like best about being an only child is the privacy. I like that I'm not afraid to do things by myself. I like to...
    IndecisiveDoeEyes IndecisiveDoeEyes 31-35, F 5 Responses Jul 19, 2015

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    There's only two ways to look at it.

    ..either my parents didn't want to make a second mistake......or......why mess with perfection?
    dancingWATERz dancingWATERz 51-55, F 8 Responses Feb 11, 2015

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    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Jan 23, 2015

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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 laugh with and cry with ... Its now one of the most sensitive subjects and a trigger for depression .. I cant take the lonliness anymore...
    Gabbie03 Gabbie03 18-21, F 10 Responses Jan 11, 2015

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    Sometimes i love it, sometimes i get lonely

    and wonder how it could be to have a sibling.
    pinksteam pinksteam 22-25, F 1 Response May 27, 2014

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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 26-30, F 2 Responses Jul 10, 2014

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    deleted deleted 26-30 Sep 22, 2015

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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.
    PinksTheNewBlack PinksTheNewBlack 16-17, F 3 Responses Apr 7, 2014

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    I am the only child of a single mother.

    I chose to go to college out of state because of the best scholarship opportunity. I feel so much guilt for leaving my mom, but I knew this was the school I needed. Once I left, it didn't take long for me to realize that I had to be there for my mom. I have a life here now, but...
    hartlinge hartlinge 18-21, F 3 Responses Apr 30, 2015

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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, 2014

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    Amy1MM Amy1MM 18-21, F 2 Responses May 14, 2015

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    When I was a child I was hoping to have

    siblings one day. Sadly that never happened. Being an only child has been pretty difficult for me. It felt like something extremely important in my life was missing. Since I didn't really get along with my parents too well one or more sibling would have been spectacular...
    AmIAMaleHSP AmIAMaleHSP 26-30, M Dec 22, 2015

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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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    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.
    deleted deleted 26-30 Jul 16, 2014

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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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    Hi all, I'm a psychology student interested in

    the experiences of adult only children. I am looking for a couple of people that are willing to share there experiences with me for my project work ... If anyone is interested please message for more details thank you in advanced
    SM182 SM182 26-30, F 2 Responses Feb 2

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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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    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 22 Responses Dec 18, 2011

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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...
    WastedShadedDaylight WastedShadedDaylight 31-35, F 3 Responses Nov 27, 2013

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    I have always felt I have been unworthy of

    being an only child. I have a long distance relationship and I love my partner but I feel bullied by my parents (even though I know they care) to stay. I feel like I'm being pressured from both sides (Parents and partner) to either find a job which my mother wants me to have or...
    Farven Farven 18-21, M Jun 16, 2015

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    So many sad and lonely only children on here!

    Well I grew up and only child and am I the only one on here who is happy about it? Never wanted any siblings I enjoy my privacy, and when I want company that's what friends are for. If you really feel lonely try getting out more?
    nekoprincess nekoprincess 18-21, F 2 Responses Nov 10, 2015

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    Anyone other only children have extremely

    overprotective/strict parents?
    Idontwanttosendyouapic Idontwanttosendyouapic 18-21, F 3 Responses Nov 10, 2015

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    Im an only child for my parents

    and im happy about this because i can get blessings from both of them,last year my mom passed away and i was the one who looked after her and i got all the blessings and im proud of this
    Roadguy Roadguy 26-30, M Dec 23, 2015

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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 22-25, F 2 Responses Nov 28, 2013

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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 3 Responses Sep 11, 2014

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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...
    LunaInvicta LunaInvicta 26-30, F Jun 16, 2014

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    apperentlyicanthavemynameagain apperentlyicanthavemynameagain 22-25, F 1 Response May 4, 2015

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    I have a brother and sister

    who share my dad but have a different mum, I also have a few steps but they all live in Perth with my dad. Am I an only child?
    11YearsOld 11YearsOld 13-15, F May 14, 2015

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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 22-25 3 Responses Dec 21, 2013

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    Growing up as an only was a very interesting

    experience. I feel as though i was treated differently than my counterparts who had siblings, like I was held to a higher standard and was expected to be more mature. I have no regrets or disappointments about my childhood no matter how lonely it was at times. My mother did her...
    EtTuJudas EtTuJudas 46-50, M Feb 6

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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, 2014

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    111rosy560 111rosy560 13-15, F 4 Responses Sep 10, 2015

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    Sometimes it's interesting to imagine what my

    life would have been like growing up if I had siblings. Also, while I enjoyed the benefits of being an only child, as the years wear on my dread steadily grows. When my parents pass on I'll have no one to share the responsibility and grief with.
    WorldCreator WorldCreator 31-35, M May 10, 2015

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    Earlier I used to feel

    so bored being the only child ..No one to play with .. ..Growing up alone is the most difficult part ..But I learned many things being the only child ..I learned to live with myself , my thoughts , my passions , my loneliness ..Now being lonely never bothers me ..I have learned...
    Calmsoul Calmsoul 22-25, M 3 Responses Jan 5

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