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The answer depends on how and where you live. 1 I grew up in a small village at a time when no one had the time or money to go on holidays more then once a year. When I came home from school, my mother sent me outside and all my friends where always there. I was never bored or alone, even during the long summers, and in the rare cases that I needed to go ...


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I'm wondering what real, concrete evidence there is one way or the other? Is a child really better off with a sibling? How do you measure this? "Better off" is potentially subjective, and only-child vs. having siblings is likely a trade-off of some positives and some negatives for each side. Research Studies appear to be somewhat contradictory, ...


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Your gut feeling is correct! Stereotypes aside, all the actual scientific research done on this indicates that not only are only children equally well adjusted, but they tend to (slightly) outperform children with siblings, the theory being that they face more parental scrutiny and are thus helped/pressured more. Wikipedia's "Only child" article goes into ...


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A large part of the population can be counted on to tell you why you should do exactly what they did, and all the downsides to whatever you're doing that they didn't do. You might even have tendencies to do this yourself. no children? Shame you'll be all alone when you're old. 5 children? Shame you'll never be able to give each of them the time and money ...


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To answer the immediate question: It depends on the personality of your current child. If they start asking questions about or expressing a desire to have a sibling maybe (big maybe) you should revisit the topic. Now, let's talk about this unnecessary pressure from these other parents. They have no binding as to decide the number of children you and your ...


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Frankly, if you have economic reasons for only having one - ie, you're concerned two will be too much of a burden financially - then one sounds like a good plan to me. Kids are really, really expensive. Regardless of the evidence that may or may not exist on the matter, in your personal situation it seems like one child with a happy stable family will be ...


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I wouldn't say it is better, just different. A single child can have exactly the same attitude as a child with siblings, its how they are brought up that matters. There are arguments on both sides of the coin, it is nice for children to have siblings, but then it can put more of strain on finances and space. Just as a side note, I have three children and ...


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If one's younger sibling asks you to cheat, then your responsibility as an older sibling is to tell them no, and explain why cheating is wrong. If the older sibling is aiding the younger sibling in cheating, then the older is responsible for aiding the younger in avoiding consequences for not studying in classes. The older sibling's role would end when ...



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