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I Am An Only Child

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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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    In a way I am, though I do have a sister in

    heaven :( It's not something I honestly remember, I was 2 when she was born and 2 when she passed. But I already know we would of been SO CLOSE! I to this day wish she was here, I also to this day wish I had a sister. A brother, not so much ha but a sister I would love to have...
    countrygirl9916 countrygirl9916 18-21, F 5 Responses May 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 divorce at the time and had 3 young children ages 4-6. I have no interest in this woman or her children. The 20 year difference is too...
    lpifly lpifly 31-35 Jan 18

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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 16-17, F 8 Responses Jan 11

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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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    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 9 Responses Feb 11

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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, 2014

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    Amy1MM Amy1MM 18-21, F 1 Response May 14

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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 present money with any siblings but I would rather do that than be an only child. And it's too late for my mom to have any more children after her...
    Lolllipoop Lolllipoop 13-15, M 2 Responses Jan 19

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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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    My mother, unfortunately,

    suffered from a medical condition (I think it was endometriosis) and as a result she was unable to have any more children. My father went out to work to earn the money for the three of us. I found out later in life that he left home when he was 13 years old, I'm not sure why...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Feb 19

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

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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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    I am actually 12 years old

    but I came to Ep so I would not be judged on social media.
    atheistdoglover atheistdoglover 31-35, F 2 Responses Mar 29

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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 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 13-15, F 7 Responses Jan 5

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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, 2014

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    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 2 Responses May 14

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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, 2014

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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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    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 21 Responses Dec 18, 2011

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    my kids won't have aunts

    or uncles on my side of the family
    jgatsby99 jgatsby99 16-17, M 1 Response 3 days ago

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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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    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 7 Responses Mar 31

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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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    My mum had an abortion

    when I was one. She told me before I really understand what it meant. Maybe it was her post natal depression or maybe she wanted to give me the best of everything. My parents divorced when I was 4, one of the reasons is because they couldn't agree on how best to bring me up...
    so24601 so24601 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 18

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    together with my husband

    and son, We left my parents in our home country to migrate here in North America for a better future. Luckily, 6 months ago my parents visited us (spending their own money ) despite that they are elderly (70 & 78) and tomorrow they are leaving . It's really hurting me that I...
    sexysandra sexysandra 26-30 1 Response Oct 13, 2014

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    My parents had me when they were alot older

    than most parents are when they have their first kid. Sometimes I think I was an "accident"
    toolfanatica toolfanatica 13-15, F Feb 1

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    thisissamwut thisissamwut 18-21, M 5 Responses Jan 17

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    apperentlyicanthavemynameagain apperentlyicanthavemynameagain 18-21, F 1 Response May 4

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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 2 Responses Sep 11, 2014

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    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Jan 23

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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

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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 1 Response Nov 28, 2013

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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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    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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    I always wanted a big loving brother

    or sister, so I can snuggle with when I'm afraid, to play with when I'm bored. Believe me, being an only child is horrible. You just don't know it.
    FriendlyDragon FriendlyDragon 13-15, F 1 Response Dec 14, 2014

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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, 2014

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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 siblings but my mother suffered miscarriages both times (at least that's what they tell me).
    KIKO787 KIKO787 26-30, M 2 Responses Jan 9

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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 5 Responses Apr 30

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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 16-17, F 12 Responses Feb 26, 2008

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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, 2014

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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 1 Response Jul 12, 2014

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    I always wanted a little sister,

    for reasons I'm not to sure about but I guess I wanted someone to bond with and protect I think. I've accepted that I'll never have a sibling for my mother cannot have more children. Though, it has escalated to where I would really like to have a daughter someday in the future...
    Batman328 Batman328 18-21, M Dec 1, 2014

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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 kinda wish I had a sister

    but I don't and there is no fours legged dog sister either. :(
    AlainaD2002 AlainaD2002 13-15, F 1 Response Jan 17

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