I have four children and my nephew and both my nieces are only children and even at their young ages, they want a sibling because their cousins have each other. It's great! They are all each others best friend! My other thing about only children is, when we as parents are older and need to be taken care of, there is a lot of stress that goes with that. If they are an only child, they are the ONLY child to deal with and that's not fair. My grandmother went through it with her parents and then her aunt and uncle because they had no children and it was an incredible amount of stress on her. I hated it for her. She's not the only child to go through this and wish more than ever they'd had a sib. Of course, it's understandable when you can't have another child, but if you can, I think you should go for it. It will bring you more joy than you can imagine!
at 10:21 PM on Jun. 18, 2008