10 Reasons It Stinks to Be an Only Child

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fighting kidsEver since we made the firm decision that our daughter would be an only child, I've been hearing the criticisms. She's going to be spoiled! You're screwing up her whole life! Start saving for therapy now!

I could write another post defending my choice to be one and done. But I'm not going to. Folks, I am waving the white flag. You are right! My only child is already showing signs of being all kinds of screwed up. Behold the evidence!

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1. Our family of three cannot play board games that require four or more players. Sorry kid, you're never going to get to play Apples to Apples, so you better get used to Monopoly.

2. She farts, and we know it. You can't blame that kind of smell on a dog.

3. She has her own room, which she has to clean. By herself. After she messes it up.

4. Her teachers do not have a warning of what it is going to be like to teach a kid from our family. They don't realize she's full of piss and vinegar until they actually meet her.

5. There's no one to lord it over when she brings home all As on her report card. Maybe we should send the dog to obedience school?

6. She has never been rescued in the middle of a stern talking to by someone distracting Mom with a dirty diaper, fall down the stairs ...

7. I know who left that bicycle in the middle of the yard, and I do expect her to move it. By herself.

8. It was a total shock on the first day of kindergarten when a little boy threw sand in her face ... none of the adults she'd hung with prior to that ever dared do something so juvenile. 

9. No one gets her jokes. The last time the other members of this house thought bathroom humor was hilarious was at least two decades ago.

10. It's bad enough thinking your parents had sex enough times to create each and every one of your siblings. Now imagine the one time they had sex (because you know!), it was to make you ...

OK one and done parents, go ahead, add yours. What have you done to totally screw up your kid?


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nonmember avatar Michelle

I don't feel the need to justify my decision to have only one, AND NEITHER SHOULD YOU. Frankly, I think our daughter enjoys her life, REGARDLESS if she has any siblings. She has so many cousins and friends that she could care less...as long as she has someone to play with! I think if you ever make her FEEL like there is something wrong with her not having siblings, she will start to wonder if she truly IS different (which, of course she is certainly NOT). I wish people would quit getting so damn hung up on this debate...only children and the parents that love them VERY MUCH are not a detriment to society. YEESH!

CPN322 CPN322

My best friend is an only child. She HATED it, as did my mother and both have lots of cousins and friends.

tnyangel tnyangel

Chill. I had one and done. He's a grown up and the only side effect I have seen is that he bonds well with adults. He loves kids, has friends his age, but has MY AGE friends at work.

tnyangel tnyangel

P.S. There are a boat load of games you can play with 3 people!

MsRkg MsRkg

I was an only child growing up and I was perfectly fine and never wanted/yearned for any siblings. My son is also an only child , and he lacks for nothing. He has friends to play with, cousins to play with who are always over, and is hardly missing or looking for the feelings that would come with a sibling.

winte... winterbaby10

I was an only child and It was good. I wasn't spoiled and I still had to do stuff around the house. My dh has 2 siblings and hated it, he says they break your stuff or take things without asking...I never worried about that stuff. It's nice not having siblings because you can make all kinds of friends to play with and they won't be mean or take stuff without asking.

Em Chappell-Root

With One exception (who has a sibiling that doens't live with them) every only child I know is spoiled rotten and does not know how to play well with others. I mean like, they come over to play with my kids, and are complete bullies and little monsters, scream and throw fits about everything to the point my four year old tells them "You have to share, that's the rules. We don't cry over everything here, having to wait for someone to get out of thebathroom is not a big deal." The Exception child knows and sees his sister, so even though he lives as an only child, he's not, and is totally sweet. 

Heath... HeatherMazzone

My child will be an only child unless there's is an oops baby. I just don't have any desire for another one even though I do fear she will be lonely growing up. There is a pretty good chance she will be spoiled though, I can't deny that one.

peanu... peanutsmommy1

That is bad parenting, it has nothing to do without having a sibling

Tonya Putnam

I was an only child and it was so lonely.  I spent years wishing for siblings, which I now have, through marriage and friendship (because my siblings in law and my best friends are closer to me than any blood sibling could ever be), but I vowed never to do that to my children.  My husband is the oldest of 6, so only having 1 child was never an option for us.  There is a large gap in between my oldest and my second oldest, due to having to finish high school (yes, I am a statistic, get over it) and having a stillborn a year before I became pregnant with my second oldest, but there is only a 3 year gap between the second oldest and the middle, and a 22 month gap between the middle and the youngest.  Whenever we go anywhere, they pair up the even numbers (2 and 4) and the odd numbers (1 and 3), and the older sibs are accountable for the younger sibs.  It works out great for us.

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