Thursday , 14 December 2017

What It’s Like To Be An Only Child

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

In the beginning, life is easy.

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Your parents cater to your every wish.

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Because you’re their whole world.

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You get all the love.

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

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

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

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You get all the best toys.

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Let’s face it: you’re spoiled.

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

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Unfortunately for you, no one likes a brat.

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

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So you spend a lot of time by yourself.

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Sometimes you’re forced to invent a friend.

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Because being an only child gets really, really lonely.

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

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

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Meanwhile your parents expect WAY too much from you.

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And they overthink EVERYTHING.

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

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

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

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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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You’re not great with boundaries.

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Or self-control.

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

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

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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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