If you grew up with siblings, then you likely remember all the fun you had as a kid, thanks to them. You also probably remember all the times you wished you were an only child in the '90s — because having siblings isn't always the easiest. As kids, we're dramatic, sensitive, and blow everything out of proportion. Put more than one child in a room at the same time, and there's guaranteed to be a nuclear meltdown at some point. Maybe someone stole your toy or ate your candy or cut the hair off all your Barbie dolls (cruel!). Sometimes, our brothers and sisters were our best friends; other times, they were ruining our lives and you'd go screaming for Mom.
Parents perform the most challenging juggling act of all and wear so many hats: They're chefs, chauffeurs, housekeepers, coaches, teachers, nurses, and — if the arguments we got into with our siblings were any indication — negotiators, therapists, and mediators. I don't think we really wished that our siblings would disappear when we were younger; rather, we just fantasized about how amazing it would be as an only child (even though it'd probably get a little bit lonely). Very often, such fantasies were brought upon by difficult times such as these.