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    11-16-2012, 01:36 PM
  #21
Trained
Good stuff guys! Lockwood I wanna squeeze them all, your boy is adorable!

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!
     
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    11-16-2012, 01:59 PM
  #22
Weanling
Someone said about independent and could play by themselves. Yes, that was me as a child. I didn't have to have someone to play with ALL THE TIME, as I could play by myself for hours.
I was never homesick at summer camp. Flew to Germany by myself after high school to visit a friend. I have been out of the house since my Sophomore year of Community College, only 18.

There were puh-lenty of kids I grew up with who had brothers or sisters that I would consider 'brats'.

Here is my dad's suggestion to when he and mom get old. "Move far, far away." He tells me this whenever his dad is being a pita!
     
    11-16-2012, 02:36 PM
  #23
Showing
Definitely good stuff, especially gaining perspective from the view of an only child.

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Originally Posted by Zeke    
ETA: Re-read the OP, we're not all monsters! I would argue my time spent with my parents and the multitude of adult family and family friends taught me to behave from day one. Granted, my parents weren't/aren't wild by any means and they always held me to a rather high standard of behavior in public. They spoiled me in the fact that they strove to provide me with the best opportunities and means they could, but always reminded me to be appreciative. Yes I have a car but I didn't get a brand spanking new one...yes they pay for my college but I work my butt off and thank them through top grades and a small side job. You could argue I "grew up" fast in that I didn't mess around as much as most kids but in the long run I don't feel any worse for the wear in being prepared for the real world.
Well said, this is what I want Morgan to get out of being an only child. A well rounded, respectable adult. I will admit though that the only other only child I am close to (aside from my daughter) is my mother...and well...sometimes the monster stereotype is true
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    11-16-2012, 02:40 PM
  #24
Yearling
Oh I have my hissy fit moments that I learned from y mother as well! She wasn't an only child though so that can't be the cause lol.
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    11-16-2012, 07:18 PM
  #25
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Originally Posted by FlyGap    
Good stuff guys! Lockwood I wanna squeeze them all, your boy is adorable!
Thanks!
I think you, me, and MHF are going to be in big trouble in a few years. All our kids are completely adorable now... just wait until they figure out just how much in the coming years.
I can already hear the hairs on my head turning grey....
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    11-17-2012, 09:17 AM
  #26
Started
Wallaby, You are right in both my kids relating very well to adults but in their teen years they both did/are doing better with kids their age.
     
    11-17-2012, 10:30 AM
  #27
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Originally Posted by Lockwood    
I think you, me, and MHF are going to be in big trouble in a few years. All our kids are completely adorable now... just wait until they figure out just how much in the coming years.
I can already hear the hairs on my head turning grey....
We do have adorable kiddos, don't we! No doubt in my mind I will be the old grey mare....

How can such a clean, darling little princess get into much trouble? She got her dad's dimples & **it eating grin. I'm so screwed.
muddykiddo.jpg
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    11-19-2012, 01:56 PM
  #28
Trained
Yep, YOU ARE!! That is trouble, and then your are going to put her on a flashy couple thousand dollar horse, sparkle her up, around cowboys?? What are you thinking!!!
Lockwood I don't know what I'd do with a cute boy! Your phone is going to be ringing off the hook!! Those girls are obnoxious! Trust me, E's already lining up her prospects... If A were around, with those llamas, it would be over.

Do like us...
Lock them in the house, cut off their hair, dress them in feed sacks, and put a shotgun and a shovel by the door!
     
    11-19-2012, 02:59 PM
  #29
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Originally Posted by FlyGap    
Yep, YOU ARE!! That is trouble, and then your are going to put her on a flashy couple thousand dollar horse, sparkle her up, around cowboys?? What are you thinking!!!
Lockwood I don't know what I'd do with a cute boy! Your phone is going to be ringing off the hook!! Those girls are obnoxious! Trust me, E's already lining up her prospects... If A were around, with those llamas, it would be over.

Do like us...
Lock them in the house, cut off their hair, dress them in feed sacks, and put a shotgun and a shovel by the door!
HEY! How did you know how I am dressing my child???

(Just you guys wait until I get the nerve to actually post an updated picture of him where he isn't somewhat obscured. I'm funny about that. Maybe over in the more viewer restricted area I might post something.)
     
    11-19-2012, 03:12 PM
  #30
Trained
Yeah... I agree. I only put up old photos of E, or like the deer shots you can't see her face. More than I should I know.
Give us some cute boy shots over there!! (Can't promise that the girls won't hijack it!)
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