In a study published in the Journal of Research on Adolescence Brigham Young University researchers found that sibling relationships help kids develop sympathy, which over time can foster “prosocial” behaviors such as helping and sharing with others. This effect was independent of children’s relationships with their parents and continues as behaviour when they grow up as adult.
Perhaps the most apparent disadvantage of being the only child is the feeling of loneliness. Not having a playing buddy to play and fight with and not required to share your food, toys and attention can result in “little emperor” syndrome. When parents are no longer around, not having a sibling to talk about things or look up to for any kind of help or support can be quite a disadvantage.
The system of joint family has been there for decades in India. So even if you do not have a real sibling, cousins always filled the gap. But with the wide spread of nuclear families and single child preference by young couples, need of a having siblings like somebody who can be with you, play with you and share with you most of time is as never before.
Professional Play care centres like us can give a right option to parents having only child. Here kids get an opportunity to mingle with many kids of their age with whom they can play with and learn together and discover fun in sharing toys and attention, under professional care. It gives a sense of bonding and togetherness. Events and activities like Birthday celebrations, Circle time help them to learn interpersonal skills in playful way.
This is a huge benefit of professional childcare, which has not got really highlighted so far, but I do think it is an important benefit.