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.

Hit the Highlights
  • 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.