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As on only 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 none*****less my boundaries were usually clear. Mom and dad were my king and queen: it see*****d they would *****ever watch over me and protect me.

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

The teenage years can be wrought with psychological trauma; a combination ***** peer ***** parental pressures weigh on the developing young person. ***** was no exception and experienced the difficulties of adolescence as soon as my parents first ***** signs of separation. I re*****mber talking to ***** best friend in the mall one afternoon. She ********** me her parents were gett*****g divorced. At the time I thought little of it, for several of my ot***** *****' parents had already been divorced for years. But for some reason ***** made a confession: ***** p*****rents ***** ***** 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, ***** I'm rude and belligerent. Basically, I *****ed that ***** world would be shattered.

My early *****hood was full of play, joy, ***** fun. As an only child, I had m*****y friends, surrogate sisters and siblings who would fill my hours with delightful games but ***** I never ***** to compete with for affection, attention, or *****ys. I loved my position as the princess of the family: ***** had free reign; I had my own room. When I got punished, it didn't l*****t very long. ***** ***** sent to my room, ***** was filled ***** my favorite things. I didn't mind spending hours in there alone, play*****g pretend games with ***** dolls or making up strange new worlds. When I got together with my best *****, we ***** catch lizards in the ***** yard and created a reptilian village with toothpick-and-tinfoil beds. ***** came home to ***** solace of ***** room, to my retreat and my safety. ***** my parents got a divorce, this s*****fety would be *****. A ********** 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 my *****, ***** was the best disciplinarian I knew. While I hated being ***** at the time, subconsciously I ***** ***** he did so w*****h a heavy

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