Magazine article Work & Family Life

The Joys and Challenges of Raising an Only Child

Magazine article Work & Family Life

The Joys and Challenges of Raising an Only Child

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Is it possible to raise a happy, well-adjusted only child? Can parents be happy with only one child? The answer to both questions is a resounding "yes," says psychologist Susan Newman, Ph.D., the mother of an only child and author of Parenting an Only Child. In fact, more and more couples are choosing to have only one child. But whether it's by choice or fate, having a single child presents unique considerations, opportunities and advantages.

In her accessible, straightforward style, Dr. Newman provides insights and advice on the emotional, psychological and financial concerns of raising an only child. She uses wonderful examples and reallife conversations to illustrate issues such as the importance of having realistic expectations and of enlarging a child's social network to avoid his or her spending too much time in the adult world.

Other topics covered include: confronting age-old only-child stereotypes, coping with the pressure to have another child, maintaining the balance of power in a threemember household, setting boundaries with a child who is used to having your undivided attention, and fostering high achievement, creativity and independence in only children. …

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