What are the advantages of being an only child?
September 20, 2010 4:26am CST
I think there's a lot. Like first of all your parents attention are all in you. So, you get most of the things you want, lol... 2nd your stuff, is your stuff alone, nobody's gonna mess with it. 3rd your only responsible for your self. So, if you study hard, have good grades, help your parents out in the house by doing some chores, you'll be okay. Lol.
20 Sep 10
Im an only child, yes its quite an advantage being an only child,attention the love and care are always at you, though there are also dis advantages, cause you are the only child your parents have greater responsibility and expectations are also at your shoulders...but i love being an only child though cant help thingking what if i have siblings? :-)
20 Sep 10
Well sure, when all your parent's attention are all directed on you, you'll have to watch your every move. All your stuff for yourself and no brother or sister to brag about your works and accomplishments. That's sad if you ask me. I'd rather stay in a family of eight than be an only child. Lol
20 Sep 10
I have been an only child for nine years (before my sisters were born), and yes there are lots of advantages. I get all the attention, I get what I want, but in the end you feel lonely, because you don't have siblings to share the things you have. In my experience, mostly I play alone in our house, especially if my neighbor kids aren't allowed to go out. I can see them enjoying while playing with their brothers/sisters, while I play with my dolls alone. Though at times they quarrel, still they have their siblings to play with anytime they want. When you grow old, and when you're parents die, you have no one to turn too. You're not always assured that relatives or friends can help you out, but you're siblings will do help you no matter what. Be thankful you got brothers/sisters, you may fight/quarrel at times, but they'll be there to help you when you needed them.
25 Oct 10
there are pros and cons being the only child at home.like you said you will probably have everything without having to share them with anyone else.But personally i love being with the other family members- mean i like to have sibling than me alone-being an only child.i love the bond created among us.if i am the only one, everything is about me and do not like it at all~
20 Sep 10
I think there are lot of advantages.Firsly your parents have only responsibility of yours so they are able to give you whatever you wish.secondly you can make an excellent career as you know all the resources,time and money of your parents is only for you.After marriage also you and your partner has no liability of anyone.But yes everything has its pros and cos.If a person is single he doesnt develops the habit of sharing,he becomes pampered and arrogant.So there are both advantages and disadvantages
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22 Sep 10
I am one of three children, but I am also the oldest so I was an only child for a time and I have several friends that were only children. The main advantage that I see with being an only child is that you get more one on one time with your parents. However, I also think that there are a lot of disadvantages to being an only child as well. The main one of those that I see is that after your parents are gone, you really are alone in the world.
21 Sep 10
my friend is an only child and she's got lots of complaints like "mom and dad's attention are all on me and it sucks", "it is like hell to be an only child" and others. she even says that she wishes her dad has an illegitimate child just to have a so-called sibling. lol. she even went to that extent and wanted a sibling so badly. but we think that she's superb lucky for being an only child for she has almost everything one wishes for. all the stuff that we want are given to her by her parents. but the good thing is she never grew as a spoiled brat and became a responsible girl.
21 Sep 10
I agree with your opinion partly but not all. I'm the only child at home. Yes, my parents put their most attention on me since I was born. I can have what they can give. But at the same time, they place all their hope on me. I have to study well and find a good job. I'm almost alone at my childhood, and I have no one to communicate with and share my happiness or sadness since my parents had no much spare time and they had to make money for surving. In my opinion, the best case is to be one of the children in a family. One can grow up in a free enviroment. At least you and your siblings can grow up healthily together. And you can help and learn from each other all the time.
21 Sep 10
Of course be the one and only is you will get everything what you want. I'm second child and I have one sister. I never had experienced like that cause I must shared everything. I had cousin who being an only child. Everything she want, always she got. Well make me little jealous but its fine because I found that sometime being an only child will be lonely one not like they who have sister or brother.
21 Sep 10
we are five in the family and i am the first born. now that i am married i have only one child. there are advantages and disadvantages on being an only child and having siblings as well. its fun to have siblings but it is hard to get silence in the house. it is fun to watch something funny with siblings but its hard when your favorite show is aired the same time of his/her favorite show and you both fight with the remote. but for me i appreciate having siblings when i grew older. you have someone to ask help and to ask advice at the same time. now that our mom is half body paralyze, all of us help within the expenses and some other matters. just imagine if i am the only child and this happens, and now that i have my own family too. it would really be hard.