10 Tips For Raising an Only Child
There are many stereotypes about only children: they're often selfish, spoiled, a bit more sheltered, and not as good at being openly social as kids with siblings. I don't want to brag, but I'm an only child, and I'm none of those things — people are consistently surprised when I tell them I don't have any siblings — my parents did a wonderful job of raising me against those stereotypes.
Only children can be difficult to raise, though, that part I'll admit. I always wanted to be out of the house and playing with other kids my age. I was often bored, and though I would use my vivid imagination to come up with games and activities in my head, it got very lonely chatting with my stuffed animals all the time. I begged and pleaded for a sibling and put a lot of pressure on my parents to be the ultimate companions while I was under their roof. Rather than responding to my demands by telling me to go play in my room alone, they did everything they could to make sure I had a happy, social, and well-balanced childhood.
If you're raising an only child — even if the plan is that they won't be an only child forever — read through for a few tips on raising a child who will crush all of the aforementioned stereotypes.