"Oh, you're an only child?"
"Wow you must be so spoiled."
"You are an only child? That makes so much sense."
If I had a dollar every time someone told me I was spoiled, I would be able to afford all of the things I'm apparently entitled to. Okay, I'm kidding, not every only child is spoiled, but there are definitely some who are. Only children do operate a little differently compared to children who grew up with siblings. At the same time, some only children will not show much difference but might have certain quirks about them. Here are some of the common traits that we only children share.
1. We're a little sensitive
We can't exactly say we have a tough skin because we never had siblings that made fun of us or showed us that it's okay to be a little mean. Plus all of our parents and aunts and uncles coddled us from a young age, and when you take that kid and put them in a school setting we might feel a little uneasy when a kid says something mean to us.
2. We have perfectionists tendencies
Because we're sensitive and our parents' focus was always on us, we feel a little pressure to make sure we do everything exceptional. We plan to show up to everything and always keep our word when we say we're going to do it. So our perfectionists tendencies stem from us not wanting to let people down.
3. We're more creative
We are, it's true. As little kids we played outside, created kingdoms in our backyard, read books all day long, painted, and drew. In a lot of ways we had to make our own fun, and to avoid being bored we had to be passionately curious about everything. Our childhoods often carried over into adulthood and we became creative problem solvers and innovators in our professions.
4. We can be alone
Don't be surprised to see us eating at restaurants alone or taking part in our adventures. We're completely okay with being alone and doing things by ourselves. We can often be somewhat private individuals despite the fact if we're extroverted to a degree. As much as we love people, we also value being alone and maintaining our independence and autonomy.
5. Our social skills took a little while to develop
Heck, they're still developing. We can be a tad socially incompetent and say some outlandish things. Growing up without siblings, we were constantly surrounded by adults and are use to taking to adults all the time. So when we were around kids we did not know what to talk to them about or what jokes were acceptable. I remember as a kid I told my "friends" a joke that my dad told me and they just looked at me like a weirdo. So please understand that we aren't the best, but when our social skills do develop we will be the most understanding conversationalists.
There is so much more to explain about us to explain, but this is what every only child wants you to understand about them. We are the slightly narcissistic, creative and most loyal friends you can ever have, and we are definitely not spoiled.