Being An Only Child Student Essay Outline



  1. #125-Jul-2008, 18:59

    Being the only Child in the Family

    Being The Only Child In the Family

    Being the only child in the family can be considered as advantageous for some people and disadvantageous for others. Although it has some advantages like more undivided attention from parents, no sibling rivalry and more material benefits, it also has its disadvantages like a lonely childhood, becoming a selfish person when grow up, the parents’ burden that a child has to carry after some years and the bad manners of a child.
    The advantages of being the only child in the family can be divided into two sub-categories such as materialistic and psychological advantages. The former one concerns the benefits thta the child gets more as in the case of parents who buy more presents to their only child whereas the latter one concerns the parent’s undivided attention and the non-existence of sibling rivalry. Because of the fact the child knows he or she is the only one, he feels that he doesn’t have to be perfect and try to be loved more since the parents don’t have anyone to make comparisons with.
    The disadvantages of being the only child in the family can also be divided into the same sub-categories as materialistic and psychological disadvantages. The materialistic ones are that the child may grow up spoiled since he or she will get lots of presents from the entire family and attract more attention. Consequently, this will give rise to the child’s bad manners and the worst example of their behaviour. Accordingly, such a person will probably see his or her parents as a burden when they get old. Similarly, the psychological ones are having a lonely childhood and not being able to share things with others. Since there will be an absence of a playmate, the child may grow up as a selfish person unless he or she learns the idea from school. Moreover, loneliness may cause the child to become depressed or emotionally disturbed.
    In conclusion, being the only child in the family can be seen as positive or negative depending on people’s point of view. Nevertheless, parents should always pay attention to their child or children equally and take into consideration what being the only child may cause him or her to become in the future.
  2. #226-Jul-2008, 12:31

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    Being the only child in the family has its benefits, but it also has its drawbacks.
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In the past, there were families with a dozen or so children. However, ın the modern world, having an only child became more common by the increase of tendency to have promising career and with the help of medicine. It is clear to see that having or being an only child effects parents and child. From the child's perspective, being an only child has both pros and cons.

Generally, in the families with more than one child, kids envy each other in terms of having attention of parents and it sometimes ends up with fighting. As an only child, they have no siblings to compete for attract parents' attention. They automatically have both their parents' full attention. It is well known that the more children, the more burden to family. It means, families having an only child can provide a better life to their child with holidays, good schools, more possession, opportunity to study abroad and so on. Unlike the others, those who are only child spend most of their time with adults. One of the effects of spending a lot of time with adults is that they learn early on how to think like adults. It exactly what makes them more mature than the others.

When it comes to disadvantages of being an only child, the "Little Emperor Syndrome" comes to mind. "Little Emperor Syndrome" refers to the Chinese situation including families and their single child. It is a case in which parents lavish their attention, love, resources on this one child of their, and as a result, the child becomes spoilt and behaves like "Little Emperor". In old age, when parents need someone's help to survive, an only child needs to carry parents' responsibility alone as they have no siblings to share responsibility. For example, my grandfather cannot even take a shower on his own, he needs my father's help to take a shower. One of the most important disadvantages of being only child is they are not able to have nephews or nieces. Also their children have no uncles, aunts, cousins and the like.

To cut a long story short, families with an only child have become more common compared to past. For the children, being an only child has both advantages and disadvantages. Even if some disadvantages can be coped with the help of parents, the others are unable to be avoided.

hello !
first of all, great effort on this essay! I would like to make some further suggestions.

"by the increase of tendency to have promising career and with the help of medicine."
I think that it would be better if you would write
This is largely due to the increase in promising career and also with the help of medicine.

As an only child
I would suggest the
It is well known that the more children, the more burden to family.
this idea is kinda not revelant to your points mentioned

Unlike the others, those who are only child spend most of their time with adults.
what do you mean here ?

Furthermore- Study doesn't show that children who spent more time with adults will be more matured

Chinese situation including families and their single child.
I don't get what you mean here.
I would suggest this : "Little Emperor Symdrom " normally refers to the effects that being the only child has.

YOur points are not very convincing ,.... I would suggest you to read more !
Good Luck !

In the past, there were families with a dozen or so children. However, ın the modern world, having only child HAS BECOME more common DUE TO THE DESIRE OF PARENTS TO FULFILL THEIR promising career . It is clear that having or being an only child effects BOTH THE parents and child. From the child's perspective, being an only child has both pros and cons. ( AND FROM THE PARENT'S PERSPECTIVE?)

Generally, in families with more than one child, kids envy each other in terms of GETTING THE attention of THEIR parents and THE KIDS sometimes ends up with fighting. As an only child, they have no siblings to compete WITH FOR THEIR parent 'S attention. They automatically their parents full attention. It is well known that the more children, the more burden to THE family. It means, families having an only child can provide a better life FOR their child with holidays, good schools, more possessionS, OPPORTUNITIES to study abroad and so on. Unlike the others, AN only child spendS most of HIS time with adults. One of the effects of spending a lot of time with adults is that they learn early on how to think like adults. It IS what makes them more mature than the others.

When it comes to THE disadvantages of being an only child, the "Little Emperor Syndrome" comes to mind. THE "Little Emperor Syndrome" refers to the Chinese situation OF HAVING ONLY A single child. It is a case in which parents lavish their attention, love,AND resources on this one child and as a result, the child becomes SPOILED and behaves like A "Little Emperor". In old age, when parents need someone's help to survive, an only child needs to carry THAT responsibility alone as they have no siblings to share THE RESPONSIBILITY WITH. For example, my grandfather cannot take a shower on his own, he needs my father's help to take a shower. (THIS PART OF THE DISCUSSION IS NEW INFORMATION THAT SHOULD HAVE ITS OWN PARAGRAPH. INSTEAD, CONTINUE TO EXPLAIN THE SITUATION OF YOUR FATHER AND GRANDFATHER BECAUSE IT DOES NOT HAVE A COMPLETE DISCUSSION AT THIS POINT.)

To cut a long story short, families with an only child have become more common compared to THE past. For the children, being an only child has both advantages and disadvantages. (ENHANCE THE CONCLUSION WITH A COMPLETE SUMMARY, RESTATEMENT OF THE PROMPT, AND YOUR OPINION TO COMPLETE IT.)



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