No brother, no sister, one happiness? Only children answer in chorus: no! Growing up alone certainly has some advantages but also some disadvantages.
ONLY CHILDREN, SPOILED CHILDREN?
It’s a cliche that has a hard tooth. I’ve even heard “you’re super generous for an only child”. As if kindness was reserved for large families!
I AM VERY CLOSE TO MY PARENTS
We call each other very often, every day in fact. And if I didn’t get them on the phone, it’s because I spent the day with them. They’re still very protective and over the years, the opposite is increasingly true as well. We, as only children, are fortunate to have a really special relationship with our parents.
IT SEEMS LIKE I NEVER GROW UP
Even though I’m in my thirties, “How you’ve grown” is the phrase I hear most often when I meet friends of my parents or distant family. And yes, if I am the daughter of, I am no longer a little girl…
I COULD NEVER ACCUSE ANYONE ELSE.
I did try to blame the dog when the shampoo bottle mysteriously emptied into the bath. I might as well tell you that it didn’t work and that I had to learn at a young age to take responsibility for my stupidities.
I’VE ALWAYS BEEN SURROUNDED BY ADULTS.
Of course, there were Sundays with the guides, sports activities, school, I was with many other children during my youth. But I was always at ease with the grown-ups at home, to whom I made conversation, without shyness.
I DON’T KNOW HOW TO HANDLE CHILDREN
I have never had to change a little brother’s diapers, I have never had a fight, a stupid nickname or made fun of an older sister. We, only children, dream of big siblings when we grow up but we avoid bickering. On the other hand, when we become adults, we are less armed against insolent or difficult children…