With all due respect to you, what I read was incredibly upsetting!!! Where was the positive side of the subject?
Just because you have siblings DOES NOT mean life is a party! I am the youngest of four, and my husband is the youngest of three, and we are on our own. Yes, we know we have someone in the world if there was an emergency but other than that, there is warm and fussy feeling. I think for many people in today’s world, their friends become their family. Martie
I am sorry you found the website so upsetting, I assume from your position as a parent of an only child. However the website is intended for adult only children, to share their experience which by no means do they see as being all negative. From a psychological perspective I believe there are some disadvantages in having no siblings, hence my research project. As a therapist I am interested in working with both positive and negative feelings people bring, and many onlies expressed a preference to being one even though they felt in childhood it was a disadvantage.
If you are interested in a predominantly positive perspective I would encourage you to go to onlychild.com which is primarily set up for parents of only children. Also there are some very useful books on parenting an only child on the website and these are all positive.
Inevitably everyone has negative aspects to their experience – my purpose is more about showing how onlies themselves feel ‘different’ whether this is imagined or reality. The stories are about giving voice to my co-researchers and others who have responded to the website.
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