7 Amazing Benefits of Being an Only Child ...

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As my parents' one and only, I might be a little biased in thinking there are profound benefits of being an only child.

I'm not going to say that I wasn't terribly spoiled (nor will I lie and say I'm not still spoiled), and I won't claim that I didn't occasionally clamor for a brother or sister, but on the whole I enjoyed and still enjoy being an only child.

There are a variety of reasons, but most of them are less shallow that you might imagine – that is, they don't all revolve around the joy of knowing that I didn't have to share my toys and that all the presents under the Christmas tree were for me.

No, there are benefits of being an only child that have nothing to do with superficial things, so it's something to think about when you're not sure if you want more than one child.

1. Close Parental Relationships

For me, one of the biggest benefits of being an only child has always been my relationship with my parents.

Part of that comes from the fact that they're only twenty years older than me, but there's much more than that.

I was a mommy's girl and a daddy's girl, and my parents never talked down to me.

Although there were times, as a child, that my mom and dad were my friends, they were also my parents, always.

They struck the perfect balance, so that I didn't get away with meltdowns, temper tantrums, and spoiled brat behavior.

As I got older, however, and exhibited responsible decisions and good values, the seeds of friendship sown in my earlier years blossomed, so that now, my parents actually are my besties.2

I'd hang out with them even if we weren't related!

2. A Wild Imagination

Some people insist that only children are always lonely, but I never had that problem.

When I didn't have cousins or friends to hang out with, my imagination kept me company.

Whether I was losing myself in a book, playing with my imaginary friends (among them were Colonel and Creamy), or writing little stories and plays I then turned into soap operas with my extensive Barbie collection, I was always happy and occupied – and I really think it led me to my career as a writer.

The same is true for only children the world over, I bet.

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