Are you raising one child – your one and only? That’s the case in our family – we have our one son, Cameron and my two sisters also have one child each. And do you feel guilty about not having more children? And are worried that your precious child may become a self-centred, bossy and entitled child as the stereotype would have us believe?
Or do you worry that they spend a lot of time on their own – not having a sibling to play with – so that they are lonely?
Well instead of worrying about hearsay about only children – I much prefer to find out what the research says, which is why I am so pleased to invite Dr Susan Newman on to the show. Susan is a social psychologist and the author two books on the topic of raising one child. The Case for the Only Child: Your Essential Guide and Parenting an Only Child, The Joys and Challenges of Raising Your One and Only.
This show is filled with down to earth practical tips that work and you’ll learn:
- The surprising statistics on the increasing numbers of families with an only child in countries around the world.
- How you can make an informed decision if you are undecided about a second child.
- Why you should let go of the feelings of guilt about having one child.
- That the many stereotypes for only children including, that they turn out selfish, spoiled, entitled or even lonely are just myths.
- The research on the many benefits of being an only child.
- Things to watch out for to support your only child’s development.
You know, the closer bond you have with your young child the easier it will be to navigate the teen years together. The way you parent can have a positive or negative impact on your relationship with your child and your child’s long-term mental health.
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