Without only children the world would be a much different place. And when I say different I mean there would have been no space travel (well at least not as early as it occurred), mathematics wouldn’t be where it is today, we would have fewer kick ass tunes and a significant lack of fairytales to occupy the imaginations of children.
Why? Well, because some of the world’s greatest minds and biggest talents that have contributed to all of these thingsm – names like: Alicia Keys, Betty White, Elvis, Hans Christian Anderson, Eleanor Roosevelt, John Lennon, Christina Applegate, Isaac Newton and Leonardo Davinci – are all members of the ‘only child club’.
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These ‘only lonelys’, sibling-less, sole children, singletons or as most commonly known, only children are becoming more and more common in today’s society, often down to a parent’s choice. But despite this there is still often a negative stereotype (bratty, selfish, need I say more…) around us.
So, in honour of all only children, here is a list of five things we all know to be true.
1. Our parent/s are our BFFs
It’s true – we speak with our parents more than many other people speak to theirs quite simply because we don’t have a brother or sister to talk to. Our relationships with our parent/s are often extremely close and meaningful because they are our only immediate family.
Because of this they are more than our parents, they are also our best friends. From a young age we rely on them as our go-to for any issue, no matter what it is (even a broken condom – thanks Mum). We are comfortable to talk to them about it, we know they will be there.
They are our emotional support, we speak with them about ANYTHING and EVERYTHING, there are not many secrets between an only child and their parent/s.