I'm an only child as was DH until teenager. His parents were only children.
I don't think it is true that an only child is a lonely child. I think they are imaginative and mix very well with others. No sibling rivalry.
I have two cousins who still do not speak 50 years down the line after a petty argument. They even managed to fight in front of the minister about their parents' funerals and I was asked to sit between them in the chapel to referee.
One of my grandchildren is an only child and they never complain.
It depends on how your parents bring you up. If your childhood is pleasant and normal and you are no precious pouch then you are normal as well.
We all should please ourselves and our partners.
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