You and Your Only Child: The Joys, Myths, and Challenges of Raising an Only Child

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Harper Collins, Feb 3, 1998 - Family & Relationships - 252 pages
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Single-child families are more common than ever before, yet many parents are concerned that they are somehow cheating their child of a "real" family experience. Recent findings, however, suggest that only children are frequently more confident, verbal and quick to learn than children from larger families. In this reassuring and practical book, Dr. Patricia Nachman presents solid, well-supported evidence that the myths surrounding only children are just that -- myths.

Drawing on her years of practice as a child psychologist, Nachman offers proven parenting strategies for dealing with a range of issues unique to only child-households, while helping parents build a strong, supportive relationship with their child. Filled with insight and authoritative advice, You and Your Only Child  reassures parents that there is nothing unnatural about being or having an only child.

  

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Was hoping for more concrete stuff on raising an only child. The book was geared more to "justifying" having an only child with a bit tossed in about those who were raising "onlies" not by choice. Read full review

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According to popular wisdom, an only child is spoiled, lonely, and a social misfit. Not so, say psychologist Nachman and writer Thompson. The authors debunk these and dozens of other myths regarding ... Read full review

Contents

You and Your Only Child
1
Whats Really Bothering You?
13
One Child Not by Choice
31
The Glorious Sibling? A True Picture
43
Will He Be Spoiled for Life?
65
He Thinks Hes One of the Grownups
89
The Family Triangles Good and
109
Keeping the Pressure
145
Roots and Wings
165
A New Look to the American Home
183
StepSiblings HalfSiblings
213
Epilogue
227
Index
235
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About the author (1998)

Patricia Nachman is a teaching fellow in graduate psychology at the New School for Social Research and has been widely published in academic journals. She is a mother of an only child and lives in New York City.

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