6 Signs 6 Behavioral Signs You’re An Only Child Rosie Stoff

I’m an only child. Have been my whole life (usually works that way). Here are a few signs you might be, too.

1. No bathroom sharing, EVER!

Having lived your whole life as the singular child, bathroom-sharing every day was not something you probably experienced. Therefore, when college rolled around, the idea of a shared bathroom sent shivers up your spine. Sharing a toilet? The necessity of shower shoes? Accidentally picking up someone’s toothbrush or someone picking up yours? All fall under the category of sheer terror. Maybe you’re one of the brave ones and will get over it, or maybe you’re like me and are still traumatized. Well, maybe that’s the OCD.

2. Justified Kardashian watching.

Ya, I watch Keeping Up With The Kardashians, whatcha gonna do about it? I can justify it, though! I swear! One of my fellow only child friends were each keeping our Kardashian watching a secret from each other until the day the truth came out. We figured it out. That fateful day, we were walking around and Malibu and both thought we saw one of the Jenner sisters (it was not). “You love Kardashians? I love Kardashians!” Girly screams ensued. We justify it as follows: we are only children with VERY limited to no extended family, so it’s a learning experience as to what we are missing!

3. Sister-friends.

Yes, you and I may be biologically only children, but in our minds, we are not. We have made our best friends our brothers and sisters; we may even call our BFFs our siblings. No, they don’t share your DNA, home or parents, but you are two peas in a pod and just as keyed into each other’s lives as blood siblings may be. And hey, you may even be “blood sisters” – remember that elementary and middle school ritual?

4. Sibling fights terrify you.

When going over to a friend’s house as a child, it was fully expected that a screaming match would break out between them and a younger or older sibling, usually prompting a parent to get involved and most likely resulting in tears and a time-out. This terrified you. These fights were of epic proportion, like the Trojan War or the breakout of WWIII. You never understood why they would treat each other like this! Why weren’t they best friends like you imagine you and your imaginary sibling would be?

5. The sharing complex.

This is a tricky one and differs from child to child… or so I thought. My original thought for number 5 was “this only child not sharing is total BS”, but apparently THAT was BS. When I said this idea to my mom, she gave one big laugh. I thought I was a good sharer as a child! Apparently, I was sorely mistaken. So I rethought. And here is the amendment to my original idea: Just because you may not share as a child does not mean you will mature to be a non-sharing adult.

6. Alone time is a sanctuary.

Growing up without sibling left you to figure some things out for yourself. Mainly, what to do with play time when there is nobody else around. Well, you and your possible imaginary friends learned to entertain yourself. Not that you’ve grown, alone time and peace and quite is your idea of heaven. After a full day with friends, you seriously feel like you need a break and just some time to yourself. You cherish that time.

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  1. OMG, number 4 nearly killed me. I relate to that only about 8563%.

  2. I love to share though! I don’t think I ever did as a child lol. But oh gosh yes, me, myself & I, love being together. I’m social, but to unwind by myself often hits the spot :).

  3. I have only one child and am not sure if I want another. Three is the magic number, after all. I realize this is a deeply personal decision, but I was wondering if you kind folks could give me your insight on being an only child. I am hoping to move several states away from my current location in a few years (please, please let me in, Denver, CO!), my daughter will potentially be 5. Will she miss out on the beginning of her formative years and be the odd child out at school and in our (hopefully child filled) neighborhood?

    • Send your only child to camp! I am an only child but people are always shocked to find that out. I really think going to camp helped me! Also, fun fact, I grew up in Denver. :) She will turn out just fine.

  4. I relate to #6 big time! Me myself and I = that’s a party! :)

  5. I’m not an only child (I have a younger brother) but I think after being an only child for the first 6 years of my life I still have these traits!! Only minor of course ;)

  6. Amen Sister! I also am an only child and number 6 really hits home! I often feel the need to just hang out by my self, me and myself get along really well, we always have!

  7. I, being a middle kid with more than 4 years apart from my two sis, relate to most of those points, except #2. I’ve never watched the Kardashians, mainly because I’m afraid that if I do, I might like the show. #6 is so true and only now I can understand why!

  8. Same goes with younger siblings with a massive age gap with their older siblings. Mine is only 7 years age difference, but my brother and I have never been in the same “stage” of life. I entered high school, he was in college. I graduate high school, he got married. I started post secondary, he had a child. I’ve always kind of been one step behind him and so we could never relate to each other. That and he moved out seven years ago so I’ve sort of been an only child since then.

  9. So true!! Even the Kardashian part! Hahaha

  10. This only child has never watched any show with a Kardashian on it, and never will. Everything else is okay.

  11. the last one is totally true, I can spend a big amount of time with friends and family but at the end of the day I REALLLLLYYYYY need silent and peacefully lonely time!

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