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The One Truth Every Only Child Can Understand

Jackie Walker | Posted 08.08.2016 | Fifty
Jackie Walker

I am an only child. Through the years I have been asked if I felt differently because I am an only child. My answer was always no because that is all I have ever known.

'My Only Child Can't Make Friends And I'm So Frustrated I Want To Move'

Samantha Rodman PhD | Posted 06.23.2016 | Parents
Samantha Rodman PhD

This topic is close to my heart because I am an only child and struggled with feeling lonely. Unlike your daughter, I was very shy and so would never have just run over to another child's house to hang out. It is great that your daughter is extroverted, and I understand that you are anxious that her spirit and social nature will be crushed if other children continue to reject her.

Living With Secondary Infertility

Alana Rosenstein | Posted 03.31.2016 | Parents
Alana Rosenstein

As a parent living with secondary infertility, I know how fortunate I am to have a smart, funny, all-around-awesome child. I also know the beauty of watching a young child learn and grow. I long to have that experience again with another child.

Here's Proof Only Children Aren't Actually Spoiled Brats

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 10.23.2015 | Healthy Living

Psychologist Granville Stanley Hall once (wrongly) said that being an only child "is a disease in itself." Only children are subject to a bad reputat...

Parenting Only Children After Divorce

Samantha Rodman PhD | Posted 08.25.2016 | Divorce
Samantha Rodman PhD

Divorce may be particularly difficult for only children. This is true for children without any siblings as well as virtual only children, those who are separated by seven or more years from their closest sibling. Children with special-needs siblings can also feel like only children, particularly if the sibling is unable to engage interpersonally.

I Was Terrified I Wouldn't Fall In Love With My Baby. And Then I Did.

Meredith Hale | Posted 05.12.2016 | Parents
Meredith Hale

My heart didn't close when my son was born. I fell in love, and every day I fall more deeply under his spell.

Is It Selfish to Only Have One Child?

Nicole Rosengren | Posted 12.13.2014 | Parents
Nicole Rosengren

I'm reluctant to have another baby. I selfishly want to prolong a period of time when I don't have to speak to my son in half-sentences with a quarter of my attention all while trying to race across the living room to keep the baby from killing himself on the edge of the coffee table.

Why Having An 'Only' Suits Me Just Fine

Norine Dworkin-McDaniel | Posted 10.25.2014 | Parents
Norine Dworkin-McDaniel

Out of the blue last weekend, apropos of basically nothing I could immediately ascertain, my 7-year-old announced that he wanted a brother.

Why I'm Glad My Kid's Not An Only Child

Meredith Hale | Posted 10.12.2014 | Parents
Meredith Hale

When I'm faced with parents considering having only one child, I try to say the right things. True things.

Only Child Week

Lisa McElroy | Posted 09.08.2014 | Parents
Lisa McElroy

It wasn't that we didn't know our daughter. It was that Only Child Week gave us a chance to bring her into sharp focus, without the distractions of work and school and French horn practice and babysitting commitments.

I Finally Understand Why I Don't Want Another Baby

Andrea Meyer | Posted 02.18.2014 | Parents
Andrea Meyer

I do still wish, more than anything, that I had two children: Aidan and Nina. But now I know that longing for the daughter I lost does not mean I want a replacement.

Martha Stewart's Big Regret (VIDEO)

Posted 12.02.2013 | Home

After all that she's accomplished, what's Martha Stewart's biggest regret? "I would say that I didn't have enough children," Martha says. "I have o...

The Only Child Costume

Kelly Hirt | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Kelly Hirt

This Halloween season, I have to be honest and say that I have my own ideas about the costume he could wear. I wished there was an I'm-a-kid-from-a-large-family-costume that would adequately disguise his very real "only child' status. Let me explain.

Can an Only Child Make Sense of Having Two Children?

Stacey Gish Wallenstein | Posted 10.30.2013 | Parents
Stacey Gish Wallenstein

I keep reading because I'm scared. I have no frame of reference for a sibling in my life and it seems in this case, I'll have to follow my daughter's lead, loving unconditionally, sight unseen, and just open my heart and share everything I have.

Sibs Versus Onlies

Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH | Posted 09.07.2013 | Books
Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH

I've always wanted kids and lots of them. I love the chaos and the unpredictability and the large noisy dinners.

Farah L. Miller

9 Surprising Facts About Only Children | Farah L. Miller | Posted 10.23.2013 | Parents

I crave attention. I turn unrelated conversations into stories about my own life. Being social is important to me, and I get lonely fairly easily. I...

What I Know About Motherhood Now that I'm An Extrovert Raising An Introvert

CT Working Moms | Posted 07.10.2013 | Parents
CT Working Moms

Now, I have a whole new way to consider parenting her -- a way that is the total opposite of my extroverted instincts.

My Fear Of Being An 'Only' Child

Gillian Horn | Posted 07.04.2013 | Teen
Gillian Horn

For years I've anxiously been waiting the day I have my parents, house, car, and basically everything else to myself. But for the first time (one of the many firsts that seem to be coming hand in hand with next year), I might actually find myself missing my siblings.

8 Things Never To Say To A Mom Of An Only Child

The Stir | Posted 04.28.2013 | Parents
The Stir

These are declarations that I -- and other moms of only children -- really don't want to hear. Questions we really don't want to answer. So be kind.

Defense of One-Child Families From the Mouths Of 'Onlies'

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 04.22.2013 | Parents
Lorraine Devon Wilke

During the process of deciding whether or not to have another child, I heard often from people that it was "wrong" to have only one if it was possible, health-wise, to have more. One person even called it a "disservice" to my first child.

Why I've Never Wanted Another Baby

Devon Corneal | Posted 04.06.2013 | Parents
Devon Corneal

I don't think my take on this is unreasonable. Nor does my husband, who likes to sleep in even more than I do.

Why I Loved Being an Only Child

Kayley Kravitz | Posted 03.18.2013 | Women
Kayley Kravitz

Being an only child taught me the most valuable skill of all: the ability to be alone. Sure, I had friends growing up, but I was just as content to sit in my bedroom alone, playing with my Playmobil dollhouse as I was to have a friend join me.

Have Another Child, Don't Leave Yours an 'Only'

Sonya Huber | Posted 11.17.2012 | Parents
Sonya Huber

"Only," as an adjective, modifies the word "child." He is your "only child." We don't ask of lottery winners: Is this your only million? That would seem to be looking a gift horse in the mouth, questioning an obvious surfeit from a position of condescension.

Dear Parents: Leave Us Alone

Adora Svitak | Posted 09.22.2012 | Teen
Adora Svitak

Mom and Dad, don't take it the wrong way: Leave me alone. Believe me: Those are the new three little words parents everywhere should want to hear.

'Can I Have it All?' Is the Wrong Question

Kristin Maschka | Posted 09.19.2012 | Parents
Kristin Maschka

Wanting just one child didn't make me a bad mother and it didn't make us less of a family.