The Case for the Only Child: Your Essential Guide

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Health Communications, Incorporated, Jun 1, 2011 - Family & Relationships - 264 pages
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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?

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Review: The Case for the Only Child: Your Essential Guide

User Review  - Shweta Ganesh Kumar - Goodreads

A book that arms with you scientifically collected data to throw at the next nosy Parker who asks you 'When you are planning to have your next child?' And 'why not?' Of course, you can always just say ... Read full review

Review: The Case for the Only Child: Your Essential Guide

User Review  - Stacy - Goodreads

3.5 stars If you are leaning toward having an only child or just looking for validation of your choice to have only one, then this is the book for you. Dr. Newman interviewed 100 people who were only ... Read full review

About the author (2011)

Susan Newman, Ph.D., is a social psychologist and the author of 15 nonfiction books about parenting and issues affecting family life. She taught at Rutgers University and is a featured speaker/workshop facilitator on family life and children's issues. Susan is the author of the classic book Parenting the Only Child and blogs for Psychology Today magazine. Visit the author at www.susannewmanphd.com.

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