Both of my parents have siblings (my dad is one of fifteen), as do most of my friends. But as an only child I’ve never experienced what it’s like to have a sibling. And honestly, I’m totally okay with that. No offense to people with siblings, but at this point, the idea of having a sibling feels like some sort of violation. What would that even feel like? Having another human being in your house who you’re sorta obligated to love? Eh, I ain’t got time for that.
While it hasn’t always been great, I’m appreciating being an only child more as I get older. I mean, there are a ton of perks. Here are the 10 best things about being an only child:
I never have to fight for my parents’ attention.
It’s less expensive. Less mouths to feed, cheaper family vacations and my parents don’t have to worry about sending a bunch of kids through college. And honestly, sending one is expensive enough. So holla for saving a lil’ money.
I never have to share with anyone else. It’s all mine!
I don’t have to compare myself/be compared to my siblings. This always happens to my friends with brothers and/or sisters, especially in school from teachers who had their older siblings! Sounds like an inferiority complex waiting to happen. Luckily, I never had to deal with any Jan Brady Syndrome.
Only children tend to mature faster than people with siblings.
My clothes are mine and mine only. I don’t have to worry about my siblings borrowing (aka stealing) my clothes without my permission or rummaging through my closet while I’m away. And no ugly hand-me-downs!
I don’t have to worry about my sibling blabbing to my parents about something that I shouldn’t have done.
Only children have so much alone time that we have to figure out ways to entertain ourselves, especially as kids. Because of that, I have a huge imagination and am naturally creative.
I never had to babysit my siblings or drop them off/pick them up when I’d rather be doing something else, anything else.
I’ve always been incredibly independent and always will be.
Are you an only child? What do you love about it? Tell us in the comments!