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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...

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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.

Why Your Kid is Now 25% More Expensive

LearnVest | Posted 07.17.2012 | Parents
LearnVest

I'm worried that by the time my son turns seven, his dad and I will both have to take on additional jobs just to handle the expenses. And new research shows it's not just us -- it's the new reality of having kids.

Moms Playing with Boy Toys (Boy's Toys)?

Alex McCord | Posted 06.24.2012 | Parents
Alex McCord

Life is short, and childhood even shorter. Besides, Legos are really, really fun to build.

Grateful Only Child, The Manhattan Phenomenon

Camilla Webster | Posted 03.26.2012 | New York
Camilla Webster

More often than not being an only in NY means you have your own room, you play with friends, and if your parents have the opportunity you are thrust into a sea of onlys at every minute of your formative years.

Is It Selfish To Have An Only Child?

| Posted 01.13.2012 | Parents

By Susan Newman, Ph.D. Within a few months of my son's birth, I was put on the questioning block, "When are you having another?" I heard that almos...

When Parents Just Aren't Enough Fun

David Valdes Greenwood | Posted 01.21.2012 | Parents
David Valdes Greenwood

It's not like she can't get one dad or the other to sit on the floor and enact elaborate serial dramas involving Barbie talent shows. But there comes a point when pretend-play fatigue sets in. And we adults reach that point long before she does.

Why One Child Is Often Enough

life.nationalpost.com | Posted 11.21.2011 | Parents

We're passing one of those nostalgia-infused candy shops when I spot him. At seven, he's about the same age and size as my 4-foot-3-inch hulk of a son...

Why Divorce May Be Tougher For An Only Child

Vicki Larson | Posted 09.17.2011 | Divorce
Vicki Larson

Whenever a couple gets divorced, the first question their friends and extended family wonder about is, what about the kids? We know the way parents h...

In Defense Of Only Children

Kate Fridkis | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kate Fridkis

Parents are people, too. If they don't want to have more children, the world shouldn't require an explanation from them. It's their family, their lives, and yes, it's their money.

Myths About Only Children Not True! (VIDEO)

Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Only children are selfish. Only children are lonely. Only children are spoiled. Are these stereotypes true? This week's TIME magazine explores the myt...

How To Raise An Only Child (VIDEO)

Health Science Channel | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Today, more and more families are content with one mom, one dad and one child. While raising one child may sound more manageable than raising two or m...