An article in one of today’s papers tells of how one mother has been dubbed selfish for not wanting to give her offspring a little brother or sister to play with.
Caroline, a mother of one little girl, has told of how she has had to defend her right to have only one child and not a whole little army of children who are all there for each other.
Does it matter how many brothers or sisters you have? Is it vitally important to have at least one brother or sister to play with when you’re growing up? Or is it important to learn how to grow independently, think for yourself and know how to get along in solitude?
Thinking back to when I was small, I grew up with a brother 2 years younger and we used to make dens in the fields behind our parents house, or wind each other up constantly. The only difference back then that we could wind each other up equally – if I tried to ‘get him’ now, he’s a 6 foot plus beanpole who could quite easily ‘get me’ back…although he’d have a fight on his hands :-)
Do we need siblings to keep us occupied? Or are we alright just by ourselves?
The husband grew up an only child, and tells how he used to wish he had someone to play with.
Yes, he used to have people to play with at school, but when he got home there was no other children to play with which would have been nice, as without any other children there it got a bit lonely.
How many children makes it just right? I personally liked having brothers and sisters to grow up with.
I had the brother growing up with when I was little, then I moved out by myself. I was nearly entering teens when my sister was about 3, so my young growing up years was with the brother. Now my grown up years are spent knowing my sister and having great nights out on the town with her.
Even when she needs a slap as the age difference becomes apparent when she only ever recognizes dance versions of classic 80’s songs…. :-)
Are only children lonely? What do you think?!