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Growing up without siblings has its unique experiences. From lonely times to being the center of attention, here are a few obvious signs that will resonate with those with no siblings.
Only children tend to spend more time on their own thinking and making important life choices. According to one user, he wasn’t afraid to ask for help but didn’t until he’d been stuck on a problem too long.
Close Your Eyes
“I told my bf to close his eyes and open his mouth(I was surprising him with candy), and he just did it with no suspicion at all.”
More Exposure to Media
If you were an only child and didn’t hang out with other cousins, being unable to recall many memories of playing video games or hearing music may be true for you.
“One huge difference I see time and time again with those who have siblings—they had much more exposure to a longer timespan of media/music/games growing up.”
One user mentioned her boyfriend with two sisters always announced whenever he left for the bathroom. However, she, being an only child, rarely made any announcements. It’s the perks of having more control of your time.
“My bf is an only child and it was his confusion at how I can be mad at my sister (who is also my roommate) one minute and turn around and get ice cream or go see a movie together.”
Friends Aren’t the Same
Someone commented how he would never smash a toy on a friend’s head and expect them to talk to them afterward. On the other hand, he could do the same to his sibling and know they’d eventually resolve their differences.
No Sparing Tales
Whether it’s about food or video games, siblings are bound to fight. If you’re an only child, odds are you didn’t physically fight with someone for the last slice of pizza.
“Doesn’t flinch when someone makes a fist quickly.”
If you meet someone who can quickly find a way to occupy themselves, they may be an only child.
A passionate user said, “pretty good at keeping ourselves entertained or doing things alone/being independent.”
A Good Lonely Radar
“From my own experience, not being as prone to loneliness. The only time I really feel lonely is when I’m around people I’d rather not be with.”
It’s always a good idea to seek help from others. Whether you’re making a big life decision or going through a challenge, however, those with no siblings are so self-sufficient that they sometimes forget to ask for help.
“I am an only child… I’ve noticed I tend to make a lot of life choices on my own and don’t seek out a lot of advice or ask for help when I could definitely use it.”
Hard Time Relating to Others
“Only child here. As a kid, I couldn’t relate to other children. Their behavior was completely foreign to me. Even now that I’m old, most people seem odd.”
If you have no siblings to talk to, you’re most likely talking to adults at a young age. Oddly enough, some kids can relate more to adults than other kids.
“Parent of an only. I’d say the ability to talk to adults at a young age and perhaps would rather talk to adults as a teen.”
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