The 10 Best Things About Being An Only Child, In GIFs

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.

the breakfast club claire popular


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.

bill cosby happy head shake


I never have to share with anyone else. It’s all mine!

rugrats angelica eating


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.

lizzie mcguire deal with it


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!

clueless tai makeover


I don’t have to worry about my sibling blabbing to my parents about something that I shouldn’t have done.

friends chandler shut up


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.

doctor who amy pond dancing


I never had to babysit my siblings or drop them off/pick them up when I’d rather be doing something else, anything else.

maluca eye roll


I’ve always been incredibly independent and always will be.

kid dancing to madonna



Are you an only child? What do you love about it? Tell us in the comments!


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  • markia

    Getting to watch something without anybody snitching lol

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  • Amy

    “Only children tend to mature faster than people with siblings.”
    Disagree. At least most only children I’ve met have been extremely immature, selfish & arrogant. Some are nice! – those ones have cousins that they’re extremely close with though. Clearly it’s different for each individual 🙂

  • Sharon

    I’m soooo jealous! I want to be an only child. I hate my siblings so much. Everyday we just yell at each other or ignore each other. Why can’t they be dead?!

  • jgac101

    YUP! My granparents spoil me like crazy, so i get more christams/bday presents

  • Sarah Enzman

    Defiantly. Its me and only me

  • Jessica

    It great be an only child when your parent are at work you have the whole house to you self and then your parent shower you gift with whatever you want it yours