Personal Narratives

I have enjoyed being an only child, but I’m ready to be a big sister

May 7, 2023

By Kayla Oglivie
Staff Writer

Being an only child comes with many advantages and disadvantages. For the majority of my childhood, I practically grew up with my two male cousins. Whenever we got the chance, which was every school break and all summer, we spent nights at my grandmother’s house. Being surrounded by them gave me a taste of what it would feel like to have siblings. Although sometimes it wasn’t pleasant, it was fulfilling overall.

When I was younger, I always wanted a sibling just like them who could keep me company, make me laugh and provide me with a sense of security. Over time, my cousins and I grew apart, though. We went our separate ways, spending more time in our own homes over the summer. 

I found peace in reading books and studying unaccompanied.

As I got older, I realized that being an only child isn’t all bad. I got used to the quietness of my home and recognized that spending time alone gave me the opportunity to better understand myself. I found peace in reading books and studying unaccompanied.

As someone who loves to have fun, I even surprise myself with how much I enjoy being in a silent house. 

My parents both have siblings and always tell me to cherish the life of an only child. In their eyes, it is delightful.

I get all of my parents’ attention, and I do not have to share my belongings with anyone. Unfortunately, I rarely appreciate the attention because I recognize that all eyes are on me, which includes the instances when I do something bad. If I had a sibling, my parents would not focus on my mistakes and wrongdoings in the same way or spread the news to my whole family. However, when I do something positive and make my parents proud, it is nice to be an only child and get my parents’ praise. 

What I love most about being an only child is getting spoiled. My parents buy me anything I want, and if it isn’t now, it’s later. I don’t have to share anything with anyone, and that is great because I would describe myself as extremely possessive. I love my space and personal items. Having a huge bedroom filled with items I have selected brings me entertainment and pleasure. 

My parents have indicated that they would like to have another child, so I know my days without a sibling are numbered. While I have enjoyed my time as an only child, I would be thrilled to be a big sister because I have such baby fever and love toddlers. 

Due to the significant age difference, I know  I’d also have the incredible responsibility of taking care of another human being. This would surely be difficult but also rewarding. My life would change drastically, but I believe it would be for the better. I would be thrilled to spoil my sibling and show them all the love I have been fortunate to receive from my parents for the last 15 years.

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