I have only one child who is 6 years old. Being bored is definitely a down-side that I can notice with her. The other children in our neighborhood are either quite a bit older than her or they are babies. I always feel bad when we go out to do fun things because I'm sure it's not fun going with Mom & Dad. I just know she would enjoy it a lot more if there were another child there for her to relate to.
On the up-side, she never has to do without anything that she needs. If her behavior is acceptable, she also get some things that she wants. Also, she really appreciates the time that she has with her cousins and friends, so she plays really well and doesn't hesitate to share her things. My MIL told me a few years ago that kids who are an only child turn out to be spoiled brats who don't know how to share. I'm proud to prove her wrong with my little girl.
at 12:04 PM on Mar. 11, 2010