Lately, I’ve been feeling a lot of pressure to have another child. Complete strangers tell me that I need to have another so that my son won’t be “lonely” and “spoiled”.
It’s not like I’m going to change my mind for these people, but it is getting pretty damn annoying. What’s so bad about having only one child! While my son is a little spoiled (I blame my mom and dad), he’s no worse than any of the other children I see running around who have brothers and sisters. In fact, he is pretty good at sharing and behaving. His main problem is bossiness, but I don’t see how having another small person in the house is going to help that.
I’ve taken to telling people that we can’t have any more children, just to get them off my back. Now they feel sorry for me, and give me fertility tips, so I’m not sure that I’m any better off.
So, are any of you only children? Or have only one child? Is my son doomed to be a lonely spoiled brat?
BTW, the reasons that we’ve decided on only one for now are:
A. Frankly, we just can’t afford two.
B. We did not plan on having my son, and I had to drop out of college because of a very difficult pregnancy/labor. I am back in school now and planning on going back to work when my son starts first grade. This might sound selfish, but I’d like to have the chance to have a career w/out worrying about giving baby #2 the same amount of time that I gave the first one.