I Am An Only Child

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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

    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
    16-17, F
    May 14, 2015

    my kids won't have aunts

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

    Sometimes i love it, sometimes i get lonely

    and wonder how it could be to have a sibling.
    pinksteam pinksteam
    22-25, F
    May 27, 2014
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    2 Responses Jan 23, 2015

    I didn't want to tell this story,

    but since the last year I feel like I have to. I can't tell my parents because it will hurt them somehow. And I can't tell my friends because they simply won't care. But I think you Only Children like me, will at least try to understand. I'm now 22 years old and have asked my...
    DeadlyDestiny DeadlyDestiny
    22-25, F
    Mar 15, 2016

    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

    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

    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...
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Apr 26, 2009

    Sadly, I never had anyone to blame

    when I broke something. I was honestly never good at sharing but I learned. I learned how to entertain myself. But my parent's house is full of pictures of me. I was never planned. My grandpa told me I was a subject of a drunk couple on Valentines Day. Thanks grandpa, really...
    deleted deleted
    Jul 25, 2015

    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
    16-17, F
    3 Responses Sep 11, 2014

    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
    36-40, F
    2 Responses Nov 27, 2013

    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

    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
    3 Responses Feb 2, 2016

    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...
    deleted deleted
    2 Responses Jan 5, 2016

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

    I thought I would have 2 siblings,

    turned out that wasn't going to happen.
    jackryan1 jackryan1
    18-21, M
    Aug 2, 2015
    randompanda18 randompanda18
    16-17, F
    2 Responses Jan 27, 2016

    (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
    allychef allychef
    41-45, M
    2 Responses Nov 17, 2015

    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
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Apr 30, 2015

    it gets really lonely not having a sibling to

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

    I just read a post by a young man

    who said he has issues with his sister, "yeah that pig exists". 🐷Then he went and replied to one of the responses, "let's roast some piggy". This was so adorable and cute. Couldn't stop giggling.🙊
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Oct 15, 2015

    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
    22-25, F
    Jul 12, 2014

    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
    Jul 16, 2014

    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
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Nov 10, 2015

    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
    4 Responses Mar 31, 2015

    I have been told since I was little I would

    have had a brother the same age, but he was stillborn. I think about that a lot, how different my life could have been if I had a brother growing up. It would be nice to have a bro to rely on and to have my back(and vice-versa). I mean sure, I have a few friends who are like...
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    Nov 18, 2015
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    Sep 22, 2015

    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
    25 Responses Dec 18, 2011
    Amy1MM Amy1MM
    18-21, F
    2 Responses May 14, 2015

    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

    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
    31-35, F
    Jun 16, 2014

    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
    8 Responses Jan 11, 2015

    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 will tease you, help you, love you, fight with you, teach you things and have you teach them things. We will never know what that feels like, we...
    Ashthewolf7601 Ashthewolf7601
    16-17, F
    8 Responses Jan 5, 2015

    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

    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
    26-30, F
    3 Responses May 4, 2014

    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

    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, 2016

    I wish I had brothers

    and sisters but I don't have to share a room and I have all the things to myself and get all the attention. It would be nice to have siblings for once and it does get lonley. Have no one to blame and whatever. I envy others with brothers and sisters.
    deleted deleted
    2 Responses Apr 12, 2016

    Although I am an only child to my biological

    parents. Through breakups and then new long term relationships and marriages, my siblings grew to a level it would be hard to explain. The amount of Step brothers and Step sisters I have is nutz. Then there is the Half brothers and trying to explain the extended family, people...
    goodman72 goodman72
    41-45, M
    1 Response May 14, 2015

    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
    18-21, F
    1 Response Aug 18, 2014
    apperentlyicanthavemynameagain apperentlyicanthavemynameagain
    22-25, F
    1 Response May 4, 2015

    Is there anyone out there

    who is an only child with two aging parents? I'd like to share some thoughts and compare notes. I have two amazing parents and am very, very blessed to have them. At the same time, taking care of routine issues for them can sometimes be overwhelming along with work, kids, etc...
    Luckranger71 Luckranger71
    46-50, M
    1 Response Apr 6, 2016

    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

    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

    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

    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
    22-25, M
    1 Response Jun 3, 2014

    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
    3 Responses Dec 21, 2013

    Anyone other only children have extremely

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

    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
    5 Responses May 30, 2011

    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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