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People are having fewer children, and increasingly more only children. Nonetheless, those contemplating the one-child family ask themselves: Will my child be lonely? Am I cheating my only child? Is it fair for my child to be solely responsible for us as we age and may need care?
These are legitimate concerns, but as research and adults who grew up as only children tell us, parents need not worry so much.
Adult Only Children Have Their Say
When I wrote Is Being an Only Child a Problem?, roughly 700 comments were posted to Facebook by parents of onlies and adult only children. Most, but not all, who grew up as only children report feeling positive about their experiences.
A grandmother wrote, “I was an only child; my parents were older when they married and decided one was all they could handle. I went to a public school and learned how to interact with other children and adults. I was frequently chided for being a ‘spoiled only…
This is only a snippet of a Parents Article written by Susan Newman Ph.D.
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