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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 none*****less my boundaries were usually clear. Mom and dad were my king and queen: it seemed they would *****ever watch over me ***** protect me.

My ***** first showed signs ***** separating when I was about nine or ten years old. I remember suddenly finding myself mediating between them when they fought; my immature senses believed I ***** always a culprit. I 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 at*****tion, which had previously been lathered on me.

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

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


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