but not lonely?
Studies have shown that children who grow up with siblings tend to have many advantages over those without. But does that mean only children have it bad? Not necessarily. In an article for Psychology Today, psychologist Carl E Pickhardt says only children can take greater joy in non-sibling relationships, like with their parents and other adults. “It is this sense of partnership with parents and social inclusion in their world that creates a primary friendship that is powerfully influential as the child quickly imitates their older ways, becomes verbally and socially precocious, developing adult-like characteristics at an early age,” he says. Says Ann, who is an only child: “I have always been quite happy even as a young child to be on my own. There were times when I felt like it would have been nice to have a playmate, but then I just played with my neighbours instead!”