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Parenting an Only Child: the Joys and Challenges of Raising Your One and Only Paperback – August 14, 2001
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If you are even thinking about having only one child, and haven't made your decision yet, you MUST read this book. It will remove any guilt and pressure.
Attempting to shield your only child is perhaps the easiest trap into which you can fall. As soon as you start interfering, tears will flow and dependence will begin to blossom.
Don't focus on oneness. (This was Dr Newman's answer to my e-mail query, "Should I start an only child play group?")
Involve your child as much as possible in activities that do not center on him, such as team sports, summer trips or camp programs.
Playdates, playdates, playdates! The more your child shares his toys, his meals, and even his bedtime rituals at sleepovers the more she will learn how to get along with others. Onlies have to search these out daily as they don't have the built-in play available with a sibling. In effect, create sibling relationships so he gets noncontrolling behavior modeling from other sources.
Advance reminders help an only child to your going out without him. Rebellion against your going out is one of the most obvious indications that your child is seeking control.
So that about sums up my favorite parts but not the entire value of the book. So either try and get your hands on my highlighted well worn copy if you dare or spend the $13 for your own. I guarantee it's cheaper than counseling! And one last thing, thank you Dr. Newman for the best parenting book I've ever read!
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The book is easy to read, the author keeps an active voice. I've skipped many chapters since they didn't apply to me. I'm not a single father, I know I want just one child. Read morePublished on April 3, 2014 by Happy Husband
This book was fantastic! I am the mother of an only child and have a difficult time finding ANY information about only children, especially parenting. Read morePublished on February 19, 2013 by HalloweenLady1031
Got this book for my daughter who is having problems with her only child. The book offers many suggestions as to how to
deal with the numerous behavior problems the "only... Read more
I wanted this book to be so much better than it was. I have one daughter, 16 months, and we are seriously considering making her our only. Read morePublished on August 4, 2012 by RK
I'm often reluctant to purchase these psychology books because they're so poorly written, take 30 pages to say what can be said in 1 paragraph, ramble, and have few words of wisdom... Read morePublished on November 24, 2011 by Alexanola
This title and synopsis is misleading. Most of the book is to help parents decide if having one child is right for them. Read morePublished on December 21, 2010 by Alison
This is an okay read. I agree with other commenters who've said that it's mostly a book about making the choice (or coming to peace with not having a choice) to have only one... Read morePublished on September 6, 2010 by Jennifer C. Smith