Essay - As on Only Child, I Received More Emotional Care Than...

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As on *****ly child, I received more emotional care than most of my friends with siblings. My parents created for me a s*****fe environment from where I could view the outside world with optimism. They also tended to spoil me, but nonetheless my boundaries were usually clear. Mom and dad were my king and queen: it see*****d they would forever watch over me ***** protect me.

My ***** first showed signs ***** separating when I was about nine or ten years old. I re*****mber suddenly finding *****self mediating between them when ***** fought; my immature senses believed I ***** always a culpr*****. ***** can't even remember genuine turbulence in ***** househ***** before then. All other fights seemed trivial and short-lived, but not these. I started acting rude and obnoxious ***** get their at*****tion, which had previously been lathered on me.

The teenage years can be wrought with psychological trauma; a combin*****tion of peer and parental pressures weigh on the developing young pers*****. I was no exception ***** experienced the difficulties ***** adolescence as soon as my parents first showed signs of separation. I remember talking to my best friend in the mall one afternoon. She *****ld me her parents were getting divorced. At the time I thought little of it, for several of my ot***** friends' parents had already been ***** for years. But for some reason ***** made a confession: ***** p*****rents ***** been fighting a lot, and it was my biggest fear. If they got divorced, I wouldn't know whom to live w*****h. If they got divorced, it would have been because I've been talking back too much, because I'm rude and belligerent. Basically, I *****ed that ***** ***** would be shattered.

My early childhood was full of play, joy, ***** fun. As an only child, I had many friends, surrogate sisters and ***** who would fill my hours w*****h delightful games but whom I never had to compete with for affection, attention, or *****ys. I loved my position as the princess of the family: I had free reign; ***** had my own room. When I ***** punished, it didn't last very long. I was sent to my *****, which was filled ***** my favorite things. ***** didn't mind spending hours in there alone, playing pretend ***** with my dolls or making up strange new worlds. When I got together with my ***** *****, we ***** catch lizards in the back yard and created a reptilian village with toothpick-and-tinfoil beds. I came home to ***** solace of my room, ***** ***** retreat and my safety. If ***** parents got a divorce, this s*****fety would be shattered. A totally different dynamic would ensue and it was unknown and frightening. If I *****d ***** only my mom, who would scold me when ***** did wrong? My mom always left that part up to ***** *****, ***** was the best disciplinarian I knew. While I hated being ***** at the time, subconsciously I ***** ***** he did so with a heavy


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