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I Am An Only Child

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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 2 Responses Nov 28, 2013

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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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    Still

    I may be an only child but I still don't get everything I want. I know most only children do.
    Dynasty2000 Dynasty2000 13-15, F 1 Response Nov 26, 2013

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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 Mar 6

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    Yeah I am an only child my parents do not

    even care about me and I even do not have any pet.I do not have friends .I celebrate New Year and every festival alone . I am in need of a best friend who is with me and I am with her in all difficulties.
    pookalla pookalla 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 19

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    I am an only child and I absolutely hate it!

    It's awful. It's so quiet in the house and I hate being alone. There's no one to share the blame or chores or do stuff with!! I would love a big family!! I consider myself to really have only my parents because the rest of my family doesn't talk to me and its rather depressing.
    JenMarie97 JenMarie97 16-17, F 2 Responses Dec 30, 2013

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    It isn't exactly fun to not have anyone to grow

    up with. You mature more though , and don't have to compete for attention.
    CrushOnPhilBrooks CrushOnPhilBrooks 16-17, F 2 Responses Jan 28

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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 11 Responses Feb 26, 2008

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    It'S Starting To Bug Me Now

    I liked growing up as an only child. As I am slowly but surely approaching middle age, the lack of a sibling is quite a downer.
    pville102 pville102 36-40, F 2 Responses Nov 25, 2013

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    I am a 53 year old woman,

    only child. Not only that but my parents had me when they where very young. They are now divorced, my dad married someone two years older than me and my mom never remarried. We have a very small, unsupportive family. My mother has had a recent devastating illness that has...
    kzcbanks kzcbanks 51-55 2 Responses Jan 15

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    I've felt disconnected from people all my life

    and here I am on the verge of 21 - nothing has changed. When I was in grade school and high school I thought I'd grow out of it. I thought I was too mature for my peers and that things would change in college. Well, here I am with a year left. I have plenty of friends, but I...
    Soltanto Soltanto 18-21, F 3 Responses Feb 22

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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.
    SirSmokealotUK SirSmokealotUK 18-21, M 5 Responses Jan 18, 2012

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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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    Yup, my parents got it right the first time

    ;) HAPPY NATIONAL ONLY CHILD DAY EVERYONE!!
    azngirl123 azngirl123 13-15, F 1 Response Apr 12

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    I Am An Only Child, No Family, Friends, and Alone

    i grew up an only child, without a close family and with virtually no friends. Growing up it was always me and my parents, always and when it came to starting school always the forgoten one, the one in the corner. I have always had trouble making freinds and the few i did have...
    chilichick39 chilichick39 18-21 8 Responses Jul 12, 2009

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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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    Being An Only Child Sucks

    I am an only child and have always hated it. There is so much jealousy burning up inside me when ever even hear a person say "my brother" or "my sister." I really wish I had a brother or sister. In fact, when I was nine, I threw a penny in a fountain, and...
    Spice99857 Spice99857 22-25, F 8 Responses Jun 21, 2007

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    Young onlies seem happy to be an only,

    but mature age onlies are not! Seems that life gets harder and lonelier as you get older - you can see what relationship skills you've missed out on as an only, how it's affected your life and you feel a lot of responsibility (and guilt) towards your ageing parents. I'm now in...
    Venicequeen65 Venicequeen65 46-50, F 1 Response Feb 19

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    It really sucks. For me anyway.

    I always loved it and my friends were always jealous. You got what you wanted, didn't have to share, etc. But now.. I'm lonely. I want to know the relationship between siblings , because its so amazing. You can say anything you want to them, and they still love you. No matter...
    amandaaax3 amandaaax3 16-17, F 2 Responses Dec 31, 2013

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    I Am Ahead of the Trend...

    I'm 35 - I am an only child. I don't know any other only children. My mother had two miscarriages before she had me. She considers them my two older brothers. I guess I do too. I would like to have as large a family as possible. I love being an only child... it has made me...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Apr 25, 2009

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    I don't have any brothers

    or sisters. I live with my step mom and her sister. My step mom is 36 and her sister is 28. We live in a three bedroom flat in London.
    PeterJenkins PeterJenkins 18-21, M Dec 29, 2013

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    Only Children Aren't Necessarily Spoiled

    ...Especially if their parents have lots of emotional problems.  It has probably made me more introverted, and it may have helped me to become more imaginative - even now.  It's interesting to think about.  When I was little I had lots of imaginary friends, and...
    celticflame celticflame 21-25, F 2 Responses Nov 23, 2007

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    Mom was pregnant twice

    before me. She miscarried twice; the second time was an ectopic pregnancy. I was never supposed to happen. I'm lucky.
    Phaedrus25 Phaedrus25 31-35, M 1 Response Mar 8

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    It's difficult growing up moving several times

    to different schools and different kinds of people with a difficult-moody-condescending single mother who had to tag me along. I suppose because of that I will always be a quite person. It was hard making real friends and still is. I've always felt very disconnected at home and...
    DirtyZulu DirtyZulu 22-25, M Mar 4

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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!
    claire96 claire96 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 11

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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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    I was never lonely as an only child,

    I was just a little nerd who made tree forts and read books all by myself. It's only now, in my late twenties that I wish I had siblings. My boyfriend has two wonderful brothers, and I'd like to experience that kind of friendship. I would also like to have someone to help me...
    ISavedMyself ISavedMyself 26-30, F 2 Responses Jan 29

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    I'm an only child but I have a half brother

    and 3 half sister. Same father different moms. So if you didn't come out the same V then we aren't related. Jus' Sayin'
    LilRedFoxTail LilRedFoxTail 18-21, M 3 Responses Jan 16

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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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    Complexity Thoughts Of An Only Child

    i'm an only child, but i have so many cousins, i have the disadvantage of being an only child and a child with too many siblings. both the egoism and the lack of self confidence. insecure, i never know who to trust since all of them are not really care about me, they're just...
    artkey artkey 22-25, F Nov 26, 2013

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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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    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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    How's everyone's Christmas Eve only child style?

    Mine is quiet to no surprise. My boyfriend sent me a video of literally 50 people crammed in one room yelling in Spanish. I'm visiting him around New Year's so needless to say, that video scared me shitless. I understand Spanish quite well so that's not the problem, but all...
    Soltanto Soltanto 18-21, F Dec 24, 2013

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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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    I Feel Lonely

    I grew up in a family with too much love but too many financial and health problems. To be exact my father had different health problems. My parents had me when my mother was forty years old and my father when he was in his mid forties. I always remember myself concerned about...
    katsivela katsivela 31-35, F 2 Responses Sep 2, 2009

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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 Mar 25

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

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    The Loneliness Of Being An Only Child

    I really hate it when I talk to people and they find out I'm an only child. If they're not an only child then there reaction is always annoying in one way or another.1.They say you're so lucky, you probably get whatever you want.2.Wow you must be pretty selfish then.3.Maybe you...
    Resent Resent 16-17, M 4 Responses Aug 29, 2011

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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 22-25, F Jan 31, 2011

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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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    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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    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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    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 2 Responses Apr 7

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    I've never had siblings it sucks people don't

    realize how lucky they are to have siblings. If you hate your brother or sister trust me you would be even more miserable without them.
    najellyr najellyr 13-15, F 1 Response Jan 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...
    SecretsofWillow SecretsofWillow 18-21, F 4 Responses May 16, 2011

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    The Only Wanted Child-I am adopted.

    According to my adopted mother the woman she got me from had three young sons with her husband when I was born. My biological father wasn't even 20 yet and had no children unless the kids were back home in his native country. My new parents had a son who was four when I was...
    PaleEyedColored PaleEyedColored 18-21, F Dec 27, 2013

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    I like it. Unlike many only children,

    I was never lonely as a child, I had many friends and cousins for company. Also always had all the time and attention at home. As a teenager I had my own space and as a young adult, being an only child meant my parents had enough money to put me through university, which wouldn...
    Dontcare8 Dontcare8 26-30, F 1 Response Jan 15

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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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    I'm An Only Child Without "dad"

    Psychologists say we have so many traumas I'm not sure... maybe we have conflicts that people with siblings don't I know in China has a whole generation of "only child" phenomenon I was raised by women, by my grandmother, my mom and my aunts I never met my father, all I know...
    Arashi23 Arashi23 22-25, F 3 Responses May 21, 2010

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    I Am An Only Child

    I spent a lot of time at friends or cousins house.I was always envious that my friends had siblings. I always wanted a sibling. When I got older,I accepted it. It's not so bad. One day I'll probably end up having lots of kids.
    Blatinasrock Blatinasrock 26-30, F Nov 26, 2013

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    And It's Strange...

    I'm an only child, but I really enjoy it.  I get lonely a lot though, but I'm used to it.  I know how to handle many things myself because of it.  I fear that when I am really old I will be completely alone, but I know I won't be.  I like not having to...
    charm charm 16-18, F 4 Responses Dec 17, 2006

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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 15 Responses Dec 18, 2011

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    What are you supposed to do

    when the odds are against your nature? Immediately when people hear the term "only child" they associate it with selfishness or being spoiled. Some of it is true to a degree, but what if you've been socialized to be the opposite? What happens when you've spent your whole life...
    Soltanto Soltanto 18-21, F Jan 14

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    Not only am I an only child,

    but both of my parents were also only children and I have an only child to boot (but not through lack of trying). It was very lonely growing up, especially since my mother is mentally ill and both my parents were rather narcissistic. I was supposed to take care of my mother's...
    jerbeth jerbeth 46-50, F 1 Response Dec 18, 2013

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