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17 Things Only Children Want You To Know

We're not all spoilt loners who don't know how to share.

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1. Growing up an only child doesn't mean you get everything you want.

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Unless your parents are super nice or super wealthy, there is no rule that says only children get absolutely everything they ask for. The one time we can truly "have it all", however, is when we get the blame for something we can't pin on a sibling.

2. Especially if you have strict parents.

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Overprotective parents are definitely an issue.

3. And it doesn't necessarily mean you're spoilt or bratty either.

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Our parents probably work harder NOT to spoil us simply because we're only children.

4. Only children aren't always lonely.

We've grown up finding innovative ways to entertain ourselves and appreciate having our own space.
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We've grown up finding innovative ways to entertain ourselves and appreciate having our own space.

5. And it's not as boring as people think.

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Imagination goes a long way when you're an only child.

6. Often we have a lot of friends who make up for our lack of siblings.

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And then those friends become like siblings and it's beautiful.

7. But knowing we'll never get to be an aunt or an uncle makes us feel melancholy.

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Sure, we could marry someone with siblings or be a godparent, but IT'S NOT THE SAME.

8. We appreciate our cousins way more than you'd imagine.

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Spending time with them is like spending time with imaginary brothers and sisters.

9. Contrary to popular belief, not all only children are selfish and don't know how to share.

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Some of us actually wish we had a sibling to share with, and even if not, we've usually learned the art of sharing from ~somewhere~.

10. Although when it comes to food, that's debatable.

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We're just not used to anyone getting in between us and our food, OK?

11. Sometimes we envy bigger families.

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When your immediate family is just made up of you and your parents, you tend to imagine how different Christmases would be if you had other siblings to share it with.

12. But many of us are lucky enough to be close to our parents instead.

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Which is definitely an upside to being "centre of your parents' attention".

13. Learning to be independent is great, but not having a sibling to lean on can be hard.

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It'd be nice to know you have someone else to rely on.

14. We're not all clueless around babies.

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Admittedly, some of us are awkward around them, but some of us also want to have several children to make up for our only childhood.

15. There can be a lot of pressure when you're an only child.

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We're the only one who can keep the family going and that's a big responsibility.

16. So we don't always feel as lucky as people claim we are.

17. But being an only child isn't as terrible as people assume either.

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All aboard the party-of-one train!