"Only children" spend a lot of time with grown-ups, so they can often be confident and well-spoken. Sometimes people even think of them as "little adults"! At the same time, they can find themselves under a ton of pressure to succeed.
There are many reasons why a Mom and Dad might have only one child. Sometimes it's not physically possible for them, but often, it's because this is their choice.
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Here are some common personality traits of "only children":
Confident: Only children are usually not afraid to make decisions and are comfortable with their opinions.
Pays Attention to Detail: They like things to be organized and are often on time.
Good in School: Onlies tend to read a lot and have a good memory for facts and figures.
It's MINE!: Only children might have difficulty sharing or going second because they have always been first in line for everything.
Overly Critical: While being a perfectionist is not such a bad thing, you may have a tendency to take this to extremes and be really critical of yourself and others.
If you're an "only," these feelings may be familiar:
Even though, as an only child, you probably spend a lot of time talking with your parents, make sure you express yourself to them about any long-term feelings that get you down.
- "I didn't do as well as I should have."
- "Sometimes I feel lonely."
- "I would be much happier with a brother or sister."
- "I'm not getting enough attention."
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