Parents who contemplate stopping at one child, or whose circumstances make that decision for them, face their future as a one-child household with a unique set of circumstances. Many worry they are depriving their child of the richness of a “real” family experience. The popular (mis)conception of the only child as a spoiled and lonely social misfit doesn’t help either.
In You and Your Only Child, child psychologist Patricia Nachman debunks the myths about only children, and stresses the positive opportunities that come with raising an only child. While knowledgeable of the latest research in the field, one of the most effective things Nachman does is keep her focus on the practical and everyday. It is also a supportive parenthood book that guides only-child parents to use as they raise their child in the future.