For some reason, only children are looked down upon or thought of as weird or lonely. Throughout history, it has been suggested that siblings benefit from one another which in turn helps develop personalities and empathy and compassion.
However, although there might be some disadvantages when it comes to bringing up an only child or even being one yourself, the positives more certainly outweigh the negatives. Here are 10 reasons why it's okay to be an only child.
10 It's Cheaper
Children can be extremely expensive, so much so that according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Expenditures on Children by Families report of 2013, it costs a mighty $245,340 to bring up one child in the United States, and this doesn't include college or inflation.
Double or even triple that and you aren't going on vacation any time soon. Yes, that's an incredible amount of money and something that can really break a family. For instance, what if you can only afford to send one kid to college, how would you be able to choose? And what kind of effect would that have on your children? Only children don't seem too bad after all, right?
9 You Develop A Unique Bond
One of the best things about having an only child is the unique and intense bond that you can create with your child. This is something that larger families will never experience, due to the way in which parents have to schedule time with each of their kids.
However, only children get all the time in the world, which instead creates a relationship like no other. In fact, according to Business Insider, research shows that when parents have a "relationship" with their children, the more likely they are to achieve academic success.
8 They Become Very Independent
Only children are often much more independent than those that come from larger families. This is mostly due to the fact that there are times when they might have to rely on themselves rather than one of their siblings. Yes, people may be more inclined to think that only children are spoiled, selfish and unable to do things for themselves, having been waited on hand and foot by their parents for their entire lives.
However, nothing could be further from the truth. For instance, only children are more likely to get themselves a glass of water or put themselves to bed.
7 They Have Stronger Imaginations
Only children tend to have more creative imaginations, especially when compared to a kid with many siblings. Only children are used to playing by themselves, mostly because they have had no other choice. Yes, even though parents do their very best to entertain their children as much as possible, there are still times when the kid has to play by themselves.
As a result, only children tend to develop imaginative imaginations from a young age and are capable of keeping themselves amused for hours, something that can be extremely beneficial to them in the future.
6 No Sibling Rivalry
Sibling rivalry can be extremely stressful for both parents and kids. Yes, sibling rivalry is probably one of the worst things about raising larger families, as it can seriously affect family dynamics and relationships within the family unit. In fact, relationships can end up damaged beyond repair, making things like Christmas and family dinners rather awkward. Thankfully, for only children, this is a nonexistent problem.
Not only is this great for the family, but it also adds that much-needed calmness to the home environment. That's right, the less noise, and chaos, the more relaxed and chill the household.
5 They Can Talk To Adults
Only children tend to have more experience around adults than those who have other siblings and are able to feel more comfortable around them. Yes, while other kids might be sat in front of the sofa talking about the latest trend on social media, only children can often be found around the dinner table talking to the adults. Not only is this great for their confidence, but it can also help them when they are older.
However, this doesn't mean that they are awkward or antisocial when it comes to making friends with children of the same age. According to The Guardian, recent research has found that there is no difference when it comes to social gatherings and being with friends or colleagues.
4 You Are Helping The Environment
This might not be the first thing on your mind when thinking about having just one child, but it really should be taken into consideration. For instance, as The Guardian reports, it has been suggested that having children is one of the most destructive things that you can do to the planet. In fact, just one child creates 58.6 tonnes of carbon each year.
Yes, having children is much worse for the environment than eating meat, traveling by plane, driving by car or dumping trash into the ocean. However, although it would be ridiculous to ask all people to go child-free, it could certainly help the environment if families decided to stick to just the one kid.
3 You Have More Free Time
Those with only children tend to get more alone time, relaxing time, and can even go to the toilet by themselves. Yes, due to the fact that only children are able to enjoy their own company, parents can usually sneak away into another room and somewhat put their feet up. That's right, parents aren't outnumbered with just one, and can bask in less hectic car rides, shopping trips, and even vacations.
Only children come with less stuff, so to make things even better, family households are a lot neater and cleaner when compared to those with larger families.
2 They Can Deal With Being Alone
For the majority of their upbringing, only children have had to somewhat go it alone. That's not to say that their parents don't play with them, but only children usually have to make more of an effort when it comes to entertaining themselves. As a result, children are a lot more independent when growing up and can deal with being alone.
This then helps with future romantic relationships and friendships. Yes, only children aren't always desperate to be with someone, and won't settle for just second best. In fact, only children are a lot more self-assured and self-aware.
1 You Only Have To Give Birth Once
It is no secret that giving birth is undoubtedly one of the most painful things a person will ever have to go through. Not only is giving more physically painful, but it's also mentally and emotionally draining. So it must be said that if you have only one child, you only have to give birth once.
Only children seem to bring a whole host of benefits, with the giving birth just once thing seemingly the best on the list.