Are you an only child?

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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).

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squeakytiki
7 days 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
10 days 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
12 days 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
12 days 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
15 days ago

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

Larry
15 days 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
15 days ago

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

Sparky
16 days ago

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

JohnM
16 days ago

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

DJS
16 days ago

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

Leslie
16 days 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
16 days ago

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

dave
16 days 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
16 days ago

I am proudly one of six

KellyR
16 days ago

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

Bob Cross
16 days ago

Oldest of eleven!

Roy Davis
16 days 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
16 days 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
16 days 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.

Jim Knoch
16 days ago

I came late in the grand scheme of things, my parents were 36 when I was born. They were married 12 years before I came to be, sorry they are all long gone now, but thankful that I am still here.

Lisa D
16 days ago
Reply to  Jim Knoch

I have a similar situation. My mom was 32 when I was born and has passed away 6 years ago. My husband and I have one son.

Last edited 16 days ago by Lisa D