Single Child difference...

I never really notice the "single child syndrome".. I would have friends, as adults make comments about themselves.. or refer to other peoples kids as the single child.. and to be honest I never really noticed and alarming difference,.. until recently..

I've been helping a good friend out with her son.. he's in my daughter's class and they are both 6.. I've been taking all three of my kids (my son is 9) back to her house after school and doing homework with all of them, and then letting them play until she wrapped for the day...

He's a great kid, we love him.. but his sharing philosophy is off.. and he sort of demands snacks rather than asks.. He doesn't take turns well.. at all and always takes the "good" remote.. or the "better" sword...

One day, he wanted all of them to play with the swords.. but refused to let either of my kids have one.. to play.. My kids were so confused.. lol.. they just looked at him strangely and couldn't put a finger on what was actually wrong or most of all WHY he wouldn't share...

Of course we explained to him and it worked out.. But.. I've taken it for granted.. how my kids at a very early age.. had to learn to accomodate someone else.. or wait their turn, or sometimes just be patient until I can get to them.. or one day they get the GOOD sword and the next they don't..

I just never really noticed it.. My friend is a great mom too.. she's pretty strict, but I just realized that these things you can't really "teach" without them actually DOING it.. daily, regularly.. all the time.. You can explain to them and tell them, but until they HAVE to do it and then it just becomes second nature, but if you don't have to do that every day.. then you just don't know how..

I have no issue with single kids.. None.. and he's not a jerk about it, it's just a concept he doesn't know...

Anyone else see these differences?

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About Jessica
Born: Novato, California
Current: Sherman Oaks, California
Birth: May 28
On Moms.com since: Aug 5, 2013
We live in Los Angeles, CA. I'm a writer, comedian, actor and single mom of two. Parenting is hard. I try to keep a sense of humor about it all and find the find the funny... in what is most likely NOT funny (i.e. boogers, meltdowns, homework, etc.).