I’m an only child (14 yrs old) and have been looking around the web for a site such as yours because I’m trying to list the problems that being an only child can cause.
[Issue 1] I’ve accepted that my parents are too old to have another child, but it is something I’ve always wanted regardless. I would substitute for a dog, but the ‘rents don’t want one.
[Issue 2] My best-friend (a fellow only) and I have what one could only call a sister bond, sometimes because I always take care of her, give her a shoulder to cry on.
[Issue 3] I have a very tenuous relationship with my parents, and I suspect because of having 100% attention 24/7, I’ve found my own ways to rebel against them by sometimes being difficult and lazy. Because there’s no example for either my parents or myself to follow, I don’t really know how to talk to them. Please understand that I’m actually a rather nice person, smart(ish), fiercely loyal and very caring. My parents tend to pick on my faults, which aggravates me.
[Issue 4] I’m being angsty here, sorry, but I’ve found that I cry silently, because who the hell would hear/care if made a racket? It would just get me into more trouble. This reflects in my independence, which I don’t like.
Thank you for your time, Ax