The Case for the Only Child

The Case for the Only Child

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Although parenting approaches change, attitudes about only children remain stuck in the past. The negative stereotypes--lonely, selfish, bossy, spoiled, socially maladjusted--make parents think their child will be at a disadvantage when compared to those who grow up with siblings.

The Case for the Only Child debunks the myths, taking into account the many chang­es the nuclear family has experienced in the face of two-family incomes, women who have children later, and the economic reality of raising children in our modern world. Combining often-surprising findings with real-life stories, compassionate in­sight, and thought-provoking questions, Dr. Susan Newman provides a guide to help you decide for yourself how to best plan your family and raise a single child.

-Provides fascinating facts and statistics to show the reasons for the rapid risein the number of singletons

-Explores pressure from friends, relatives, and strangers to have a second child . . . and how to deal with it

-Demystifies the realities of raising and being an only child with personal stories and current research

-Explores the highly debated question: Does a child need a sibling?

Publisher: Deerfield Beach, Fla. : Health Communications, c2011
ISBN: 9780757315510
Branch Call Number: 306.874 NEW


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ksoles Feb 25, 2012

This comprehensive book addresses many issues facing parents of only children. From how to deal with people who insist you need another child to blatant myths associated with the personalities of only children, Dr. Newman deals openly, honestly and supportively with the topics. Though at times the data seem one sided, the book is extremely helpful for anyone who has questioned or second guessed the decision to have one child. Anyone studying economics, sociology or psychology may also enjoy this read regardless of family status.

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