As a kid, I was never the type of only child who begged my parents for a brother or sister. Sure, there were a few times, probably after watching too many Mary-Kate & Ashley movies in a row, when I wished I had siblings, but mostly, I didn't mind my situation. After all, being an only child meant I never had to share, got lots of attention, and was definitely my parents' favorite.
Still, there were downsides. As I got older, friends who had constantly fought with their siblings began to bond with them, and siblings who had already been close became practically inseparable. All the proof I had that having siblings wasn't all that great — the fighting, the jealousy, the clothes-stealing and parent-hogging — started to fade. Having siblings looked fun and enviable, and at times, I resented being an only child.
But while I still sometimes wish I had siblings, I don't really mind not having any. Yeah, it'd be nice to have a built-in best friend or a person to commiserate with at holiday dinners, but overall, being an only child has its perks — and all the other "only" kids, you know what I'm talking about.
Here are 29 things that only an only child can truly understand.
you don't like to admit it, but Sharing is a Foreign Concept to you
Especially when it comes to food. We do not share food.
Not knowing how to share isn't selfish . . . it's prudent.
Getting Along With Your Parents is a Necessity
And you probably even Like Hanging Out With Them
though there is often a lot of pressure placed on you
It's no wonder only children tend to be over-achievers — all that attention also means you get all the pressure to succeed and make your parents proud.
still, The Idea of Having Siblings is Just Weird to you
Like, Someone Else Knows Your Parents as Well As You Do?
you know People Judge You When You Say You're an Only Child
but you also know Only children aren't actually spoiled, selfish, and narcissistic. We're mature.
You're Used to Hearing "But You Don't Seem Like an Only Child!"
It may seem well-meaning, but is basically a way of saying, "Gee, you're way more normal than most of your kind!" We'll skip the backhanded compliments, please.
Except for a Few Times When They Go, "Oh . . . I Figured"
. . . And then you get intensely paranoid that you actually are spoiled, selfish, and narcissistic
still, You're Constantly Defending Only Children — Just look at Rory!
Despite what the stereotype leads people to believe, we're not all terrible. Only children can be normal, awesome people.
. . . though some Only Children are actually the worst
'National Sibling Day' makes you sad
but you have a sense of humor about it
You started to post sad, lonely selfies and make fun of the whole damn thing with captions like "Love my siblings!!" or "Happy National Siblings Day to me!" like I did in this awkward, parent-taken photo. Speaking of which . . .
There are a Lot of Photos of You
Like, a Lot
You Care A Lot About Your Friendships
and your cousins
Because they Are The Closest Thing You Have to Sisters
still, You do Crave Your Alone Time
and You Don't Get Bored easily
You're perfectly capable of spending time with yourself, and in fact, you kind of love it. Boredom's not really an option, because years of entertaining yourself means that you can always find something to do.
Secretly, You Still Kind of Hope Your Parents Will Have Another Kid
yup, the parent trap did a number on you
but Meeting Other Only Children is the Best
It's like a special club, where all the members share an urge to tell everyone how not spoiled they are. Be proud to be a member.
because, just like our parents told us, we are special
Yup, pretty much.
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