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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 safe 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 forever watch over me ***** protect me.

My parents first showed signs ***** separating when I was about nine or ten years old. I re*****mber suddenly finding myself mediating between them ***** ***** fought; my immature senses believed I was always a culpr*****. ***** can't even remember genuine turbulence in my 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 combin*****tion of peer ***** parental pressures weigh on the developing young person. I was no exception and experienced the difficulties ***** adolescence as soon as ***** parents first showed signs of separation. I remember talking ***** my best friend in the mall one afternoon. She told me her parents were gett*****g divorced. At the time I thought little of it, for several of my ot***** friends' parents had already been divorced for years. But ***** some reason ***** made a confession: ***** parents had been fighting a lot, and ***** ***** my biggest fear. If ********** got divorced, I wouldn't know whom to live with. If they got divorced, it would have been because I've been talking back too much, ***** I'm rude and belligerent. Basically, I feared that my world would be shattered.

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


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