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

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-02-17
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publications

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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.

Table of Contents

You and Your Only Child: Introduction and Overviewp. 1
What's Really Bothering You?: Old Notions, Simmering Emotions, and Other Roadblocks to Peacep. 13
One Child ... Not by Choice: When Fate or Circumstance Limits Family Sizep. 31
The Glorious Sibling? A True Picture: The Positives and Negatives of Brothers and Sistersp. 43
Will He Be Spoiled for Life?: Debunking the Myths, Stereotypes, and Bad Press About the Only Childp. 65
"He Thinks He's One of the Grown-ups": How a Parent Might Turn Myths into Self-Fulfilling Prophecies (and How to Prevent It)p. 89
The Family Triangles, Good and Bad: How to Forge a Healthy Threesomep. 109
Keeping the Pressure Off: How to Avoid "Superchild Syndrome"p. 145
Roots and Wings: More Ideas on How to Give Your Child Security and Freedom, While Keeping the Pressure Offp. 165
A New Look to the American Home: The Only Child in the Single-Parent/Divorced Familyp. 183
Step-Siblings, Half-Siblings: When Your Only Child Isn't Quite an Only Anymorep. 213
Epiloguep. 227
Notesp. 231
Indexp. 235
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