Most people see only child as someone who is constantly being spoiled. But are they, really? Let’s take a look at the reality of being an only child and how it affects them.
1) It is harder for them to get close to people because they don’t have anyone to play with at home.
For an only child, they are likely to spend a lot of time playing alone because they don’t have any siblings to play with. Therefore, it is possible for them to feel more difficult when they try to open up and get to know new people.
They are also more likely to feel confused when they try to make friends with people. It is because an only child might not know how to be comfortable with other people, and also they might not have enough information about how to be friendly with other people.
2) They are more likely to have a broad imagination and have a different outlook on life.
Since they don’t have any siblings, they will always be more focused on what they can do on their own. Therefore, it is possible for them to feel more mature than their siblings.
It’s also possible for them to see things differently and, therefore, they might not have any chance to relate with other people. For example, when an only child hears about the world’s problems or how people are suffering, he/she might be able to relate better with it than other people because he/she has no one else to share the problem with.
3) They might have more difficulty when it comes to asking for help.
When they are not able to ask for help from other people, they might be more worried about the situation. For example, if their homework is not done, and they cannot ask their parents to help them, then they will be more worried and anxious about it. This will make them feel more frustrated and anxious because they can’t ask for help from anyone else.
4) They might have a higher chance of having depression because of all the stress that is brought on by being an only child.
When you are the only child in your family, you might feel stressed out a lot of times because you don’t have anyone to play with or even talk with. This will lead to feeling sad and depressed because of all the stress that you have on your own.
Therefore, it is possible for them to experience depression much easier than other people do because of all the stress that is brought on by being an only child.
Know your only child and help them to enjoy this life. You can find other useful parenting tips on MindfulParent blog.