I know that many only children say how they wished for siblings or felt lonely growing up. I know people that say only children are brats and selfish. Too socially awkward. Too independent.
Screw that. Let’s talk about the awesome benefits of being an only kid. I myself, am raising an only. I happen to be the youngest of four girls, so these benefits are from my perspective, and not my kid’s, who is only two and too young to blog, but hell, she’s not too young to work. That kid needs to find some legitimate employment.
In any case, let me enlighten those that scorn the life of an only.
#1-Only Kids never get hand-me-downs.
As a kid, the dress I wore in my 1,2, and probably 3rd grade class photos are all hand-me-downs. I used to open my sister’s closets and say, “That’ll be mine soon.” While that was all sweet and dandy especially if I loved an item, I hated getting the hand-me downs. I wanted my own stuff, probably a bit greedy of me, but whatever.
When you get an ice cream cone, you don’t want it pre-licked do you?
Me neither. Three cheers for having your own clothes!
As a kid, I had asked to join a township activity but my parents didn’t have the money at the time. My sisters hadn’t had that misfortune to miss out on activities, but guess what, I came at the wrong time apparently.
An only child is the only kid reaping the dividends, and that’s not so bad, especially when it comes time to go to college.
Remember when Brandon and Brenda from 90210 fought over who got to go to private college or state school?
Not an only. They get whatever is available, whether it’s awesome or crappy, but at least there’s no one else having it better than you did!
#3-Your Own Freaking Name
By the time I went to school, every teacher called me by one of my sister’s names. I used to think they should just have called me, “Kid #4” or “DenaDebbieLIsa,” which are my sisters’ names.
As an only, there will be no one else to mistake you for, and no one to compare you to. You’re the one, the only, the golden child. You get to be the funny, cute, and smart one. You don’t have to live your life under some superlative that compares you both directly and indirectly to your siblings.
As your parent, I get to have time for you. I don’t have to divide it up with some other child. You get all my time. In my house, that small bit of attention was divided by four. I can’t see how having your parent’s attention and time is all that bad, unless of course your parents happen to be psychos, in which case, you’re screwed anyway.
#5 Annoyances be gone!
I love my siblings. Everyone talks about how much kids love their siblings. Guess what? A good amount also hate their siblings. A good amount of people were decent kids and then bam–their parents decided to have another kid, and you know what? That kid sucked. Not all siblings are great. Not everyone is close to his or her siblings.
Yes, as an only kid my child will never be someone’s aunt, but she also won’t have to deal with any crazy siblings either.
The moral of the story?
Only children are not prone to a life of misery because they don’t have some other sibling to play with and break their toys or possibly screw their boyfriends. Siblings are great and people should reproduce as they feel fit and feel they can care for their kids, but don’t knock onlies.
Onlies get time, attention, and independence. They learn to be self-reliant and have a good amount of resources to help them succeed in life.
Really, it’s not the end of the world. In fact, do your research those who admonish families with onlies: Only kids are often happier.