Is it selfish to have only one child?

I only want my one child. However some people say they will be lonely or entitled, and it’s selfish for me not to give them someone so they can take care of each other..

I don’t know if I agree with this. My grandfather is an only child and the best person I know. He had two kids and a huge family now. My best friend is an only child and loves it. What do you all think?

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  • I think it's fine

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  • Not at all. It's more selfish to have 7 or 8 children as the world is already overcrowded.

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  • Its your body do what you want with it ❤️ i dont think its selfish at all

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  • I think you should do whatever you want, because it's your life and your choice. It would be selfish to have a second child that you don't want just because someone told you it would be nicer this way. I'm an only child and I wasn't unhappy because of it, there are many people with siblings that are still lonely.

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    • Yes 100% agree with you. I know so many people who don’t want anything to do with their siblings.

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  • I have one child and people are telling me the same thing. My decision, my body, my choice.
    If I could go back I would have no child because the way things are going giving life is no gift.

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  • I am an only child and don't feel as if I'm any worse off for it. Children growing up spoiled/entitled is largely about their upbringing, and there are plenty of spoiled/entitled (and also lonely) children who have siblings.

    As for loneliness, I never really had this issue and just learned to entertain myself. I guess you can't miss what you've never had, so I never thought anything of it, and never felt deprived of anything. I've also always been a very independent person in general and was always off doing my own thing from the time I was little, so I'm not sure if it's the way my personality happens to be (as my father who is one of 7 children is the same way), or if it's because I had no siblings.

    I definitely don't think it's selfish to only have one child at all.

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  • No?

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  • Not selfish but kids need siblings for things like emotional support and socialization. My nephew is an only child and he seems to be doing fine though.

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  • Nope. I babysat my cousin's son for a few years and he always seemed just fine being an only child. If your child makes friends at school or has other relatives the same age I'm sure they won't be lonely.

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  • No and what is so selfish about having one child?

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  • Nope not selfish at all. I mean your kid will be receiving all the love and affection from both parents. You wouldn't need to worry about your kids getting jealous or left out.

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  • I feel that too. I only have 1 as well. In a perfect world I would have 2 boys and 2 girls. The boys being older.

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