It’s not uncommon for us to have siblings; but what about the ones that don’t? We’re called only children, and about 20% of all families have only one child. I am included in that 20%, and there are a few things I’d like to get straight.
Myth: Only children are spoiled.
Truth: No way! Only children are treated the exact same way every other child is, siblings or not. I think most people assume we are because our parents don’t have to spend money on multiple kids- but it’s not true.
Myth: Only children are lonely.
Truth: It honestly depends; but everyone gets lonely sometimes. Most of the time, I’m happy with my life and I don’t crave for a sibling because I’ve never had one, so I have nothing to miss. There are a few times, though, when my friends talk about their siblings that I start to feel sad and wish I had someone to grow up with, too.
There are tons of stereotypes about only children that aren’t true; things like: only children don’t do well in school, or only children are depressed. Just know that when you hear these, they aren’t true. Research actually tells the opposite: only children do better in school and have better lives. Of course, you don’t need to be an only child to obtain these things, either! Many people with siblings have high scores in these subjects, too.
It’s also known that people with siblings wish they were only children; but the truth is, life without their siblings would be so different then life with them. Maybe without 2 kids, you wouldn’t have gotten a sale on your vacation package and wouldn’t have been able to go with only 1. Or maybe your sibling wouldn’t have introduced you to ____. Either way, siblings or not, be happy with what you have and know that a lot of stereotypes aren’t true.
By: Kati, GEB member