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The Future of Your Only Child: How to Guide Your Child to a Happy and Successful Life Paperback – March 4, 2008


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Trade; 1 edition (March 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1403984174
  • ISBN-13: 978-1403984173
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #503,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Carl E. Pickhardt, Ph.D. is the author of popular parenting titles including Keys to Successful Stepfathering, The Everything® Parent's Child to the Strong-Willed Child, The Everything® Parent's Guide to Positive Discipline, and The Connected Father (Palgrave Macmillan). He lives in Austin, Texas.

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The books makes a lot of sense and I found it to be amazingly helpful.
Christina Cliggott
I wanted a book to give me some idea of what it might be like to raise an only child without being bias.
S. Harper
I would recommend this to anyone who has an only child or was an only child.
Nick's Mom

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75 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Patricia L. Cini on October 5, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
I really wanted to like this book. The author has experience counselling only children and therefore, puts forward clearly and concisely what he believes to be the shaping effects as a result of only child parenting. I know he did not say that these shaping affects were exclusive to only children, but I think he writes as if they are or at least much more pronounced in only children.

I realize that I am biased because I am a parent of an only child (I am the youngest of three children). However, I think he brings a bias of being a father of four despite all of his counselling experience. I think it is clear what he thinks of only children as the negative tone comes across with the words he chooses to explain his positions. For example, on page 22 he writes that "unrelenting" focus of parental attention causes only children to feel "oppressively" self aware. As I kept reading this book and coming across more words/negative tones like these, I kept thinking "wow, he really does not like only children". Also, more times than not he cites comments from only children about their negative experiences of being an only child. I really kept telling myself not to be defensive and kept looking for the useful points because I do believe their are some unique challenges to raising an only child and being an only child. I am open to hearing about them. However, when he kept using words like "unrelenting" and "oppressive", I felt like the book was not overall objective enough for me.

On many points, I also found myself thinking that some of these shaping effects and behaviors are just as pronounced in children with siblings as a result of how they are parented (as a result of poor parenting). For example, often times I find my child has less toys than his friends with siblings.
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23 of 32 people found the following review helpful By DAW on March 7, 2008
Format: Paperback
As the father of two, I found The Future of Your Only Child stunning - if too late for me. As Pickhardt notes early in the book, the first child is an only child for a time. And the consequences of this fact are not trivial. Had I possessed his book before my eldest had a sibling, would I have been a better father? Almost certainly. I would have become aware of things that I in fact ignored. For example, the fact that a parent can become too closely tied to a child, become too much the child's friend and confidant, for the child's own welfare. Would I also have become aware of how difficult it was for me to do otherwise? I think so, and I would probably have entered therapy much sooner. Although Pickardt doesn't really talk about how parental neuroses impact on the context parents create for children, this is implicit. When he suggests to parents that a particular set of behaviors might impact more healthily than another, the other set lies barely in the shadows. It is up to the reader to choose to perceive and deal with them. Pickhardt is confident than most parents will do so. I think he's probably right.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Toddler Mom on January 7, 2014
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I found a lot of the information fairly obvious and not that helpful. For me personally, it did not seem to provide much insight on how to raise my only child differently than how I am currently raising her.
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10 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Nick's Mom on September 29, 2009
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I'm an only child and have an only child. This book made me realize that my personality had a lot to due with being raised an only child. I would recommend this to anyone who has an only child or was an only child.
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