What It’s Like To Be An Only Child

Sure, you get your parents’ undivided attention — but that’s not always a good thing.

1. In the beginning, life is easy.

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2. Your parents cater to your every wish.

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3. Because you’re their whole world.

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4. You get all the love.

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5. And without any siblings to compete with, it’s easy to be the center of attention.

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6. Think of it this way: without a sibling, you’re getting twice as much of everything.

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7. You don’t have to waste time with silly sibling arguments.

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8. You get all the best toys.

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9. Let’s face it: you’re spoiled.

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10. Which is good, because you never really learned to share.

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11. Unfortunately for you, no one likes a brat.

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12. You never developed certain social skills that your friends with siblings did.

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13. So you spend a lot of time by yourself.

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14. Sometimes you’re forced to invent a friend.

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15. Because being an only child gets really, really lonely.

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16. Without an older sibling to guide you, you’re lost in this world.

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17. You have friends, sure, but it’s a different bond.

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18. Meanwhile your parents expect WAY too much from you.

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19. And they overthink EVERYTHING.

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20. The older you get, the more you realize you could have used a brother or sister.

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21. As adults, your friends bond with their siblings. But you don’t have any.

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22. It’s not fair they get a built-in partner in crime.

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23. And you realize you’re possessive of friends. You crave attention but you need endless amounts of personal space. Basically, you’re nuts.

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24. You’re not great with boundaries.

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25. Or self-control.

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26. Also, your need for everyone’s undivided attention isn’t cute anymore. Sorry.

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27. Look, you’ve learned to be self-sufficient. In many ways, being an only child has given you strength.

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28. But you’re always going to wish, at least a little bit, that you’d had a brother or sister at your side.

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