Spoiled Brats or High Achievers? 10 Facts & Myths About Only Children

Confession time: Growing up in a family with four kids, I admit the idea of being an only child used to seem kind of, well, weird to me. Sometimes, especially when a certain sister of mine was stealing my Barbies, it sounded amazing. But it also seemed like it might be kind of lonely. And, without siblings, how do people learn to share? Or put the heads back on Barbies?


It turns out that there has been a lot of research done on the experiences of only children, and it turns out that they do learn to share and are actually pretty happy-- most of the time.

Read on for more surprising facts about what research says about life with -- and as -- an only child. 



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