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Only Child Week

Lisa McElroy | Posted 07.09.2014 | 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.

What Parents Really Need To Hear From Each Other

Dina L. Relles | Posted 07.22.2014 | Parents
Dina L. Relles

If you just take a moment, you can put yourself in my shoes. We're all mothers, and we can do that for each other. At least that. We can relate.

Notes From a Default 'Feminist'

Courtney McKinney | Posted 05.20.2014 | Women
Courtney McKinney

If we continue with the expectation that men will do the heavy lifting (literally and figuratively), then gender equality will continue to evade us. However, if high expectations are set regardless of gender, I think default gender equality is the most likely outcome.

Tips for Parents Suffering From the 'Only Child Syndrome'

Estelle Sobel Erasmus | Posted 04.23.2014 | Parents
Estelle Sobel Erasmus

I had a very difficult pregnancy and felt that I couldn't handle another child without sacrificing my marital and personal happiness. I don't feel any guilt about the decision; it's the right one for our family.

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 | MarloThomas

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...

I Never Wanted Kids -- And Then Everything Changed

Literally, Darling | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Literally, Darling

I somehow missed the gene that makes people think babies are cute. I hate to say it, but yes -- probably even your baby. And yet, when I reached my late 20s, I realized I needed a baby and started panicking about completing the requisite steps to get there ASAP.

An Only Adopted Child, Woman Finds Four Siblings

Arlene Nisson Lassin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Good News
Arlene Nisson Lassin

Not all adoptees grow up with a feeling of disconnectedness and loneliness, but Debbie Siegel Leonardo often felt that way as she was growing up in the 1960s in the northeast section of Philadelphia.

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.

Are Only Children Doomed To Divorce?

Posted 08.14.2013 | Divorce

According to a new study out of The Ohio State University, people with siblings are less likely to divorce than those without. The authors found th...

Divorce Doesn't Need To Be War

Debbi Dickinson | Posted 09.07.2013 | Divorce
Debbi Dickinson

I have a girlfriend who was just starting down the journey of divorce. She knows that I've been divorced for over 10 years and have an amicable relationship with my ex.

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.

Reflections on My Son's Graduation

Andrea Barbalich | Posted 08.14.2013 | Parents
Andrea Barbalich

My family constantly makes fun of me for crying at anything remotely sentimental, and I know I will cry at my son's graduation ceremony next week.

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...

A Sibling for My Child

Caren Chesler | Posted 07.31.2013 | Parents
Caren Chesler

We sometimes regret not having another child because we deprived Eddie of a sibling. We try to fill the void by running around with him, hiding behind trees, kicking balls, playing tag, but it's tiring. My husband and I are close to 50. We don't always have the stamina to be his siblings.

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.

Our Only Child Never Wants to be Alone!

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 04.29.2013 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

In the absence of siblings, it is easy for only children to depend on their parents for companionship.

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.

Walk Slowly in Motherhood

Jessica F. Hinton | Posted 03.30.2013 | Parents
Jessica F. Hinton

I think with one child, I could more easily trick myself into believing that I could set the pace of our lives, that I could still be this semi-massive orbit and my children would drift along by virtue of gravitational pull. I could be center and still be a mother.

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.

Is One Child Enough?

Francine Jay | Posted 12.08.2012 | Parents
Francine Jay

The one-child household is the fastest growing family unit in the U.S., and now outnumbers those with two children. On my own street, four of the nine families with kids have a single child. So our daughter is unlikely to be the only "only" in her kindergarten class.