Are you that rare bird, the Catholic only child?
Or are you the parent of one?
Would like to share thoughts on being or parenting a Catholic only child. Things like, do you feel "different" from Catholics from siblinged families, did you (or does your child like or dislike the only status, etc.).
My point of view -- I was/am a cradle Catholic only child from a mixed marriage (father Catholic, mother Protestant). They had difficulty conceiving and my mother had complications with delivery and was told by her doctor not to have more children. As far as I know they used the "rhythm" method and there were no other pregnancies.
I felt lonely and different being an only child, :( but have come to accept it as part of God's plan for my life that has a reason that I just may not understand in my life.
It seems like in this day and age with the trend toward smaller families there are more only children, but I was of the Baby Boomer generation and most everyone I knew had siblings. And this was in public school, mind.
As you are sharing about your own experiences as an only, or a parent of one, or how your only child feels about not having siblings, let's not get sidetracked on the birth control issue in this thread if we can help it; in other words, just wondering how you feel about being/raising an only, not as much how it came to be, unless that is very relevant to the rest.
There can be said to be more than one category of onlies: "Total" onlies -- whether with one or two parents, and "Partial" onlies, those who are the only biological or adopted child of their parents but who have step-siblings. Or "Age-difference" onlies -- not a true only but raised as one due to any sibling being so much older or younger that the sibling wasn't present in the home during the person's growing up. "Survivor" onlies would be onlies due to the death of a sibling. Even if it was a miscarriage or stillbirth or early infancy death.
Anyway, looking forward to hearing from onlies/parents of onlies out there...:wave: