Is it Fair to Have an Only Child?
Are only children doomed to a life of selfishness or loneliness? Should parents have another child in order to provide a sibling for their first child? What are the myths about only children? Host Dawn Davenport, Executive Director of Creating a Family, the national infertility & adoption education and support nonprofit, interviews Lauren Sandler, author of One and Only: The Freedom of Having an Only Child and the Joy of Being One.
- What are the myths surrounding having only one child?
- Where did these myths come from?
- Is there any support in the research for only children being lonely, selfish, or burdened?
- How can parents of only children deal with “sibling envy”?
- Is it fair for an only child to have the sole burden of caring for their aging parents?
- Are there real differences as measured in research between only children and those raised with siblings?
- Are only children more likely to have only children? Less likely?
- Is it selfish on the part of parents who choose to have only one?
- Tips for raising only children.
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Image credit: Michel Di Feliciantonio
Show originally aired in 2014.