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The Only Child: Myths and Reality Paperback – Sep 1994


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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Stationery Office Books (Sept. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0114951241
  • ISBN-13: 978-0114951245
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,844,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Popular belief is that only children grow up to be spoiled, lonely and unhappy social misfits. This belief has in the past deterred many parents from having an only child and has caused anxiety to those who already have one. Research studies, however, cast quite a different light on only children and this book aims to make their findings known to parents and professionals. It examines the only child myths in the light of the evidence, and suggests that far from being a "race apart', only children are strikingly like other children from small families, turning out every bit as happy and well adjusted as anyone else.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 July 2000
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent book for anyone interested in only children. If you are thinking of having an only child, this book does not set out to convince you to do so, but it rips apart a number of the myths that suggest you should not. It does so in a systematic, research-based and very convincing manner. This book does not tell you to have an only child - it does not have a "gospel" - nor does it suggest that having an only child is a receipe for eternal parental bliss. However, if you for whatever reasons should (want to) have an only child, the book presents the research you might want to know when faced with the many myths that appears to prevail regarding only children. It concludes that having an only child has its pro's and con's, pretty much like having several children. As parents of an only child, one is perhaps presented with different (although not necessarily more severe) challenges than other families, and the book discusses this towards the end. This is useful, especially since the author does NOT write a definate list of "do's" and "dont's", but rather provides some general comments and suggestions as to how the particular challenges of only child parenting might be met. As parents thinking of having an only child, we are really glad we read the book.
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By Monique on 3 Aug. 2012
Format: Paperback
This is not an interesting read. It doesn't say anything new, just keeps saying the same things, things you already know. Waist of money to be honest.
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