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15 Struggles Of Being An Only Child

It’s National Only Child Day and I’m reliving my childhood.

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1. Wanting to play, but having no one to play with.

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One of the saddest parts of being an only child. You always had to play alone (and let's be real--you probably had many imaginary friends to play with).

2. Adulting when you're only seven years old.

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Being the only child, you were often always in adult situations. You knew how to talk about the economy and presidential elections before you learned to write in cursive.

3. Vacations were weird.

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Sometimes you could take your friends, but if you couldn’t you were stuck in hotel daycare where you were forced to make friends.

4. Board games weren't a thing.

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Any board game that has less than three players is not a board game.

5. Your parents' friends know everything about you.

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Your 5th grade graduation tape was sent out to your parents’ entire friend group and your honor roll certificate was faxed to their entire address book (they were just so proud.)

6. You didn’t know how to act around other kids.

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Along with the adulting, you weren’t sure how to hangout with other ~youths~ (sharing toys wasn’t exactly your forte.)

7. You were called a “spoiled brat” all throughout school.

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It’s a fact only children are spoiled, but it always sucked to be called out on it.

8. Most of your babysitters were weird.

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Without the cool older brother or sister to watch you, you probably had some stoned neighborhood kid try to entertain you with crayons for three hours. It was horrible.

9. No one else took the blame for you.

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If you doodled on the wall in permanent marker, you had to take the fall for it.

10. You always had to explain why you were an only child.

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Regardless of the reason, people were nosy and it was annoying to explain it over and over.

11. Bunkbeds were nonexistent.

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Sure, you could’ve had one anyway, but who would be bottom bunk? Or top bunk? Who would you laugh with and share stories with at all hours of the night? It only works with two people (I swear I’m not bitter).

12. You usually made the choices for your family.

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With everything revolving around you, your parents catered to whatever restaurant you wanted to go to, whatever vacation you wanted to take, or whatever theme park you wanted to visit for your birthday. It was always your choice (which makes life much harder as an adult).

13. Getting gifts was the best.

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Even though you were sad about not having siblings, you were glad that you never had to share a toy or gift. Ever.

14. Your parents were hoverers.

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Their life revolved around you. Which was cool, but sometimes their love for you was a bit excessive.

15. You love being an only child.

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Sure, you got lonely sometimes. But growing up as an only child taught you to be more mature, compassionate, and independent. Thanks mom and dad!

Happy National Only Child day to all the onlys out there - enjoy celebrating (alone).

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