Parents of only children, how are the post-teenage years? Any regrets about not having a second? We feel comfortable with having one but I worry about that missed sibling bond in a child’s teenage/adult years

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I can tell you as a fully grown-up only child that I NEVER wished for a sibling, not when I was a kid, not when I was a teen, and definitely not now. As far as I am concerned, having siblings is just another problem to deal with.

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K1, this makes me feel so much better about our decision to stick with just one kid. This pandemic has made us realize how unpredictable life is. How easy it is to lose a job etc. Also there is no way we have the energy to have multiple kids at home while we are also working from home

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I think if you are comfortable with having one kid, then you should have one kid. It’s not wise to bet that your children will feel a certain way about siblings. That said, I do think there are some potential downsides (just as there are potential downsides with siblings). The main one I’ve seen play out among my friends and extended family are when the elderly parents get sick with chronic conditions, the burden (emotional, financial, etc) all fall on one person and it can be stressful.

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