I grew up 1 of 2 kids. Currently, I have 7 children so I can't answer your question through my direct experiences. However, I have a very good friend who has only one child and I would consider her an EXCELLENT parent. She has run into some issues that are a derivative of the 'only child' syndrome. One example is that her son (age 14) thinks he is on the same level as his Mom/Dad because he has always been allowed A LOT of input into what they eat, where they go, etc. ~ now he interrupts and butts into conversations that he should stay out of. Another thing is that he has NO concept of teamwork, even though he plays well on team sports, he doesn't know how nor does he choose to work with others toward a common goal. He is more self-absorbed. He cannot handle noise/chaos well. Just a few things I have picked up on his behavior or have talked w/his Mom about.
at 6:42 PM on Aug. 25, 2010