23 Problems Every Only Child Will Understand

One is the loneliest number.

1. You are terrible at sharing food.

2. And when people take it, the situation gets real.

3. You are always a mediator between your parents when they fight.

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4. Growing up, you really wish you had someone to play with…

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5. …and your other sources of entertainment weren’t exactly, well…entertaining.

6. You’re really awkward around kids.

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7. And you still have no idea how to hold a baby.

8. So you totally suck at babysitting.

9. You’ve always needed a lot of personal space.

10. You have two living options: trying desperately to be a normal person around roommates…

(And usually failing.)

11. …or paying waaaay more to live alone.

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12. Your tolerance for teasing is really low.

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13. As a child you didn’t really “play” well with others.

@mortifera destekliyorum!

— ilker yilmaz (@alakasizgorundu)

14. Holidays with your immediate family consist of three people or fewer.

15. And there are certain holidays you just can’t celebrate.

16. You had an imaginary buddy.

Happy national sibling day! Oh wait.... #onlychildprobs #umm #lonely

— ❥Sabrina (@SBrijbassi)

17. Sometimes your friends get weirded out because you treat them like actual family.

18. And you are always attempting to bribe them to come over with promises of pizza.

19. Growing up, you never had an opportunity to blame your brother or sister for anything.

20. Your parents’ house is a creepy shrine to your personal achievements.

21. You always get questions like, “So, your parents weren’t able/didn’t want to have more kids?”

22. Or were told, “You must have been spoiled.”

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OK, maybe you were a little spoiled.

23. In the end, when it all comes down to it, your family’s future rests solely on you.

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So, even though being an only child was lonely at times…

…at least you were always the favorite.


— Emilee Carlin (@emileehelene)

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