Thursday, February 19, 2015

Things Only Children are Tired of Hearing

I'm an only child. You may or may not know this as I'm not sure how many times I've mentioned this (or if I've mentioned it recently at all).

As a person with no siblings, I seem to be in the minority. Everyone assumes I'm either spoiled, a brat, arrogant, unsociable, or all of the above (and they wonder why I don't mention it often). Anyway, I get asked a lot of questions as if I'm some rare oddity that deserves a TLC special.

Today, I have compiled these questions and comments here into one blog post, for your viewing pleasure of course.

"Did your parents only want one?"

First of all, this is a personal topic and one that could potentially make you feel like a jerk for all of eternity (or until I walk away at least). Maybe my parents did want one. Maybe my parents wanted another, but couldn't conceive again (the amount of couples who easily have one kid and then struggle to have a second is actually very large and astonishing). Maybe my parents want you to get out of their business. We may never know.

Which leads to another point, why are you asking the child? If you are just dying to know the answer, you should direct your question to the parents who kind of, you know, make the decision about having more kids.

"Wow, you're not as spoiled as I thought you would be."

(I'm still trying to figure out if this is a compliment or not.)

I tend to keep my only-childness a secret for this reason. Pre-conceived notions are worse than your favorite TV show having an off week. My parents don't give me everything I want. I don't have a Louis Vuitton handbag for every day of the week (or any day of the week for that matter). My parents make me work and earn for things just like your parents make you work and earn your own things.

"I wish I was you. I'd trade my sibling any day."

The grass is always greener on the other side, amiright?

"Do you like a lot of alone time?"

Do people with siblings like to spend a lot of time surrounded with other people? No? Well then that should answer your question.

"If I didn't know you were an only child, I'd never thought that you were."

Honest to God I have a girl in my third period who makes this comment to me once a week. Every time I just breath in and then breath out and smile and nod and slowly turn around and let the comment slip away. I mean, since when was the way that I acted based off of how many siblings I have? I must have missed that scientific discovery amidst the smothering of my overprotective parents (which leads me to my next one....)

"Wow your parents must be really protective of you."

Now this one is tricky because I have met other only children who have over protective parents that would put Liam Neeson to shame. I am not one of those. It's funny because we (only children and non-only children as well) can be divided into two categories: those with over protective parents and those with clueless parents. I fall in the latter.

You see, I have no older siblings who have taught my parents the ways of the teenage child. I'm not going to lie, I've gotten away with some stuff. It's not that my parents are really lax and don't care, it's just that, well, they don't know about it.

Now that I am re-reading through this post I realize I may come off as a little snarky but I assure you—it is merely my saracasm. I love being an only child although I went through a phase when I was nine where I would have given my right hand to join the Duggar family. Looking back on things, I'm glad that never came to be.

So, only children out there, do you have anything you would add to the list?

And as always, have a fabulous day.


  1. The grass is greener in the other side. Boy, why does the world work strangely?

    xoxo Morning

    1. It just seems to be one of the many, many weird ways that the world works. Or maybe it's simply the human mind. We may never know.

  2. Only child here! Now that I think about it, I only have one other friend who is an only child. But, frankly, being an only child rocks. And my house is way too small for two kids, so I'm glad I don't have to share a room.

    1. I have two rather good friends who are only children and five or six more that I am "acquaintances" with. But isn't it the greatest?

  3. I have a sister but we're both so busy in our lives so well we usually spend time without each other and despite having two kids our parents are so freaking over protective so that's not so specific for only child..
    And people ask that they're so weird and inappropriate (the first thing about parents wanting only 1 kid)..
    I don't know anyone who's an only child though o.O

    1. That's crazy you don't know anyone who is an only child! I know a good many people who are, and I'm rarely the only child in a room full of people.

  4. I'm also an only child, and I have heard all of the things you mentioned in this post, plus "isn't that lonely?" and "are you idolized?". Irish mothers are famous for treating their sons like the new Messiah, so it's assumed that only-daughters must get the same treatment :P You're right about parents of only children being less experienced, I think that applies to 1st children in any family, but if you only have one kid you're more likely to have an adult-focused home life and not be too "in the loop" about child/teen issues.

    Interesting post :)

    1. I get "aren't you bored/lonely" as well as some form of "are you idolized" too. Believe me, my parents aren't THAT invested in my life haha. Thanks for stopping by as always. :)