Wednesday, November 29, 2023


Are you an only child?

Siblings, ya can’t live with ’em and you can’t live without ’em, er, actually, you can… If you’re an only child you know very well what it’s like to live without siblings. Ah, the peace and quiet…

Are only children lonelier? Do they get more attention? Are divorce rates higher? These are questions you’ll hear asked around at social gatherings or buzzed about online. The answers? If you’re an only child, can you answer those?

Please vote in our poll below and tell us if you are an only child or not. Then, once you’ve voted, please leave a comment and tell us if you are an only child if you wish you had siblings growing up, and if you weren’t an only child if you wish you could have been (we won’t tell your siblings, we promise).

Emily Woodbury
Emily Woodbury
Emily Woodbury is the editor here at She was lucky enough to grow up alongside two traveling parents, one domestically by RV (yep, Chuck Woodbury) and the other for international adventures, and has been lucky to see a great deal of our world (and counting!). She lives near Seattle with her dog and chickens. When she's not cranking out 365+ newsletters for she's hiking, cooking or, well, probably traveling.



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Jamie (@guest_125570)
2 years ago

I am an only child. Mom was 19 when she had me, then she later met my step dad and tried to get pregnant, never could. I hated being an only child. Was a very lonely childhood. I wouldn’t ever wish to be a kid again because of it.

squeakytiki (@guest_124326)
2 years ago

I don’t know what to answer. I have half siblings but we were not raised in the same household and I was raised as an only child.

Cammie Brye (@guest_123911)
2 years ago

It is 16 years between me and my sibling. So, it was like I was an only child growing up. But I loved my sibling and when we got together was no way to separate us.

Mitzi Agnew Giles and Ed Giles (@guest_123638)
2 years ago

I have a 3 yrs older bro, DH has a 7 yrs older sister (adopted) My father was 1#3 of 6, all his bro and sis stopped at 2 (except for 1) That one’s children stopped at 2 (or none at allin 1 case) My 2 kids were 5 years apart so I could have energy to deal with each one’s babyhood. I lost a pregnancy between my children and after my children.

Dave J (@guest_123588)
2 years ago

Only child. Married to the same woman since Nov 4, 1966. Was usually able to find something to do as a young child. As a youth got “farmed out” to an uncle in the summers to help on his farm. Had PLENTY to do then. Kept me out of trouble all summer and after school activities and CAP kept me busy the rest of the year. A full career in the USAF and a family of three females (wife +2 daughters) insured I’d not be lonesome (when not deployed).

Greg B (@guest_123256)
2 years ago

My brother used to tell me I was an only child. 😅 

Larry (@guest_123250)
2 years ago

Adopted at birth (was later told that I was the first adoption at birth baby in Wash state, 65 yrs ago…..not sure if that is true). Was an only child, which I believe allowed me to be inventive with ways to entertain myself without siblings…….all fond memories.

Tom (@guest_123246)
2 years ago

I am #8 of 11, all still alive and are retired.

Sparky (@guest_123231)
2 years ago

I am 1 of 1, wife is #5 of 13,

JohnM (@guest_123230)
2 years ago

A Twin in fact. I always had a playmate and companion my exact age.

DJS (@guest_123196)
2 years ago

I am #2 of 16 children. Same Mom & Dad … no children for me…child rearing is HARD work

Leslie (@guest_123195)
2 years ago

My husband was oldest of three, I was third of four. We wanted 3-4 children. We were blessed with only two sons– but 18 years apart. I guess you could say we raised two ONLY children.

Bob Weinfurt (@guest_123191)
2 years ago

I have a brother that’s four years younger than me. Hard to believe we came from the same parents.

dave (@guest_123188)
2 years ago

Was an only child until I was 14. What a shock that was. !!!!!!!! There was a crying person in my quiet house and now I knew my parents were doing IT !!!!

Paul (@guest_123186)
2 years ago

I am proudly one of six

KellyR (@guest_123184)
2 years ago

I became an only child at age 20 when my 16 year old brother passed on.

Bob Cross (@guest_123182)
2 years ago

Oldest of eleven!

Roy Davis (@guest_123180)
2 years ago

I am one of 9, counting step and half sisters and brothers, but I was also a twin. I married an only child whose parents were married for 15 years before she was born. What may be interesting is that there were only 7 kids out of the 9 siblings.

JDTravel (@guest_123176)
2 years ago

I am the youngest of eleven children. The first 10 were all about 12-16 months apart. The oldest is 18 years older than me and the twins who are next to me in line are 6 years older. I have always felt like I was a part of both worlds…big family and a bit of an only child since they all left home before me. We all still live in the same “big little city” and are not only siblings but ‘friends’.

Skip (@guest_123175)
2 years ago

Wish I had been, might as well been. My brother younger was the attention getter. So grew up more a loner until my teen years. That’s when the discovery of girls. Work 12 years of age shoveling snow, yard work to grocery store work then military duty and tetited. Have never been close to my parents or brother and still not. So think I am the only child. So when asked if I have other siblings I always answer no.

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