Thursday, January 26, 2012

Pros & Cons of BEING a Single Child

(Juliana and cousins.)

I grew up with a brother (his sons are in the picture above), so for today's blog I turned to the expert - my single child.

The Pros & Cons of Being a Single Child

1. You don't have to share your bedroom.

2. You don't have to share you stuff (except when the cousins come over.)

3. You get more stuff.

4. You don't have to "live up" to anyone else.
- No sibling comparisons.

5. You become an expert at knowing your parents.
- "You know what buttons to push when."

6. You become very comfortable talking with adults.

7. You get very good at entertaining yourself.

8. When you're friends fight with their siblings, you have little patience. You say, "You're both wrong. Shut up."

1. There's no one else to blame when something breaks.
- Except, you can always blame the cat.

2. No "distract and destroy" opportunities.
- As in, "You distract them and I'll grab the cookies."

3. Fewer babysitting opportunities.

4. Parents are more protective/overprotective.

5. Your kids might not get cousins.
- Unless you marry someone with sibs.

Best of All - I met a woman who grew up as a single child, who said, "The best thing about being an only child is that I always knew I was Number One! My parents loved me the Best!"


  1. I do think that onlies tend to be more mature than others their age, and are more comfortable conversing with adults. Every once in a while I feel bad that Charlie doesn't have someone to commiserate with, but he assures me he is really happy without sibings, so I will go with that! He has a cousin who is also an only, and is just two years younger than him, so when they get together they both get to try out a sibling relationship for a weekend.

    1. I'm glad Juliana has three little cousins nearby. She get's to be "big sister" for the day, but then is happy to come back home to a quiet house.