I never meant to sound like I think only children are monsters. Just mom talk wanting to do the best for my child and relate with others who are in the same boat. I've been around only children that fit the stereotypes, but raised and around others that weren't even close. I did not mean to offend anyone, so sorry!
My dad is an only child and he's the most well rounded person I know! He's my hero. He was raised on a horse ranch, by horse traders, they laugh and say he was raised by an old Appaloosa mare more than them! LOL! But I do see the hardships of being an only child, living 6 hours away, and taking care of an elderly parent. My Dad goes up there twice a month and stays with her on the weekends, takes off work (for days instead of just an afternoon) to take her to the DR, helps her around the house etc... I see how it would be nice to have another sibling to help out. (not that another would) On my other side there are 4 siblings and my aunts are able to share time and resources caring for my Grandparents. Both sides did FANTASTIC jobs raising their families and we are super close and good people. DD isn't going to have that. She does say she hopes the twins that run on the other side happen for her, so she wants 4 kids done in 2 increments LOL! And if she so happens to live in Africa I'll be right there beside her.
DD goes to a small school where the kids have grown up together. It's like a huge family of aunts as teachers and all the older kids help teach and participate with the younger ones. So she has a great little extended family.
We live so far out that there aren't neighbors to play with and her cousins are mostly babies, so it's just her and the dogs and the horses and all that! Last night we didn't have a sitter so had to take her to a function with us. She was the bell of the ball, got to sing with the musician, a special meal prepared by the chef, and everyone doted on her. She also gets to hang with me a little during events, the Ozark Mountain Daredevils in particular fell in love with her and she got to dance on stage while they preformed. She gets to have these cool opportunities being an only child, because if I had more they probably would not get to tag along!