He­len Car­son

Belfast Telegraph - Weekend - - COMPETITIONS -

Fam­ily life for me as a child was about my­self and my sis­ter, Dawn. We are not only close in age, but good friends too. We shared many things in life, from boxes of Milk Tray on our birthdays to, as we got older, clothes and make-up.

Now, Dawn is my favourite per­son to shop, so­cialise and go on holiday with... along with my 16-year-old son, Pierce, who just hap­pens to be an only child.

We hear from some well­known peo­ple here who don’t have any sib­lings and how this has shaped their lives.

As I have seen from Pierce, only chil­dren are in­de­pen­dent, rather than spoilt — a qual­ity to be ad­mired.

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