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The Case for the Only Child: What You Need to Know about the Single-Child Decision Paperback – 1 Jun 2011

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Health Communications (1 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0757315518
  • ISBN-13: 978-0757315510
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 1.8 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 409,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I love books that present good news most people don't know about. This is such a book. Susan Newman lets you know that far from being damaged, only children can have it made! As a parent, you can have one and be done, and Dr. Newman shows you why. Good-bye guilt, welcome the fulsome joy of being parents to a one-and-only!" Edward Hallowell, M.D., author of
"The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness" and other books--Edward Hallowell, M.D.,"

"Once again, Susan Newman brings some common sense to modern parenting, this time with very valid reasons for having an only child. Whether you're feeling pressure to have another baby from your parents, your neighbors, or your kid, "The Case for the Only Child" provides the socioeconomic and psychological proof that maybe your gut and your wallet are right." Jen Singer, author of
"Stop Second-Guessing Yourself" guides to parenting.--Jen Singer"

"The Case for the Only Child is an informative, well thought-out review of the controversies that surround the issues of family size. Newman debunks the stereotypes and myths about only children, answering tough questions about what it means to be a family and how to handle social and medical pressures, including the rising rates of secondary infertility." Marc Goldstein, M.D., Professor of Reproductive Medicine and Urology at Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University and coauthor of "A Baby at Last! "--Marc Goldstein, M.D."

"Are only children spoiled, lonely, and selfish? Finally, a valuable resource for those who have or are considering one child. A powerful book, "The Case for the Only Child" challenges misguided advice from family and friends, reveals the facts about only one child, and teaches how to handle unwanted pressure and self-doubt. Only you can define what family means, and this book gives you the confidence to embrace that view. A must-read that will free you of any guilt or shame you might feel for not wanting (or not having) another child. This book is a gift." Alex Barzvi, Ph.D., Assistant Clinical Professor of Child
and Adolescent Psychiatry at the NYU Medical Center
and cohost of "About Our Kids" on Sirius XM's Doctor Radio. --Alex Barzvi, Ph.D."

"For anyone debating the issue of 'filling your nest, but how full?' this book is a wise and empowering read. As the mother of an only child and the founder of MotherhoodLater.com, a community for midlife -mothers, I know the self-doubt and judgment that some parents experience. Susan Newman offers a validating and refreshing pat on the back for those going the only-child route." Robin Gorman Newman, Founder/Parenting
Blogger, www.MotherhoodLater.com--Robin Gorman Newman,"

"Susan Newman has written a delightful, honest, and readable book that explores a complex issue whether to have more than one child. She presents and explores every possible conflict and scenario with compassion for all sides of the issue and for all members of the family." Jane Mattes, LCSW, author of
"Single Mothers by Choice, "www.singlemothersbychoice.org--Jane Mattes, LCSW"

"Once again, Susan Newman brings some common sense to modern parenting, this time with very valid reasons for having an only child. Whether you're feeling pressure to have another baby from your parents, your neighbors, or your kid, "The Case for the Only Child" provides the socioeconomic and psychological proof that maybe your gut and your wallet are right." Jen Singer, author of
"Stop Second-Guessing Yourself" guides to parenting.--Jen Singer"


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In all honesty I read this to make myself feel better and free up guilt of not having another child. It's given me confidence that my one and only gift is indeed just that, a gift - and if I can't face another 9 months of worry, another terror birth and risk yet another 20 months of depression then I don't have too. This book covers some lovely examples of people in their 30s like me who think and know that their life wouldn't be fuller with a second child and that they can manage with one, and that three just works. It hit the right notes with me, and bit by bit I am feeling more confident with my decision. Although American centric, it does cite a few British newspaper extracts but that is the one downside to it. The people and society the book focuses on does feel more American than British, and I feel that the British views of 'stopping at one' are still frowned upon. Maybe it's just more accepted in the States. If you're trying to move on with your decision this book is definitely a good starting point. Good evidence provided for ones, but now I just wnat to find a better word to describe onlies - maybe gifts?
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I picked up this book when I realized I had considered 4 kids, 3 kids, or 2 -- but had never once considered having just one.

Well after reading this I think 'one and done' is the best fit for me! I hadn't realized just how anxious I was about having enough energy and resources for all the potential kids - and being able to still focus on my job and my super-adored husband- not to mention myself!--- until that weight was lifted with the realization that I could just have one.

So simple, and yet so mind-blowing. So thankful this case was lined out so clearly so I can reference it when need be.
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i liked the way the chapters were set out in getting you to think about the reasons you are having another child.
however, the content was very one sided and not balanced in some arguments. most people interviewed for the book had negative views about their siblings, hence strenghtening the argument for having one child. they did not include that many siblings are close and get along. this book may be preaching to the already converted.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9168cc30) out of 5 stars For Anyone Who Has Ever Been Asked, "When Are You Having Another Child?" 7 Jun. 2011
By Beth-Ann - Published on Amazon.com
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I must begin my review with a confession. As a parent of an only child, I was interviewed by Dr. Newman for this book. She asked me about a wide variety of issues facing parents of only children. When the book came out on June 1st, I was excited to read how she translated all the issues.
This book is very comprehensive in that it addresses so many issues facing parents of only children. From how to deal with people who insist you need another child to blatant myths associated with the personalities of only children, Dr. Newman deals openly, honestly and supportively with the topics. I highly reccommend this book to anyone who has questioned or second guessed their decision to have one child. I also reccommend this book to anyone that has ever had to deal with that intrusive question, "When are you going to have another child?" Furthermore, I reccommend this book to anyone studying economics, sociology or psychology. If more people would read Dr. Newman's book, perhaps we'd live in a more understanding, accepting world!
22 of 28 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9168cc84) out of 5 stars The case for the worst book I have read in a long time. 22 Jan. 2013
By ann w - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is terrible. It does not present any evidence or research to support the author's case - it is just a bunch of anecdotes from parents of only children who seem to be trying to convince themselves they made the right decision.

The gist of the book is - having kids is hard, and expensive and siblings fight a lot so why make it double-hard or expensive with having two (or more) kids? The author makes an argument that kids are so caught up in electronics these days, that parents who think their siblings will play together are mistaken because they will just play with their electronics. So that is a reason to only have one kid (???)

My favorite part is when the author presents a list of only children to show how successful they can be - comprised of mostly actors and actresses, who I tend to think are some of the least well-adjusted people and probably not the best examples.

I forced myself to read the entire book to see if it got better. Sadly, it didn't. And to top off the fact that the "arguments" are nonsensical, the book is so poorly written and disjointed it is hard to follow the author's train of thought.

Save yourself the money and skip this one.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91987de0) out of 5 stars makes sense to us 14 Oct. 2012
By sb2012 - Published on Amazon.com
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My wife and I are very, very happy with our one child. Our daughter is so happy having mom and dad to herself. Having one child is so easy it is like having none at all. The older they get the easier it is. I see so many of our friends struggle daily with managing more then one kid. My wife's friends are envious of her all the time. I have shared this book with multiple young moms, who are feeling the pressure of having a 2nd child. They hug me after they read this book. A single child family is the new normal American family, especially in these tough times. Use common sense families and be smart about how many kids they REALLY need. Be one and DONE.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x916048a0) out of 5 stars Mostly anecdotal 17 Jan. 2012
By ConsDemo - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book hoping to get some tips on raising an only child. While there are a few, it's mainly full of anecdotes from parents who claim they had or want (some are young enough to change their minds) only one child. I suppose the book works to help ease the guilt of those who feel the pressure or obligation to have more than one child, but not much beyond that.
21 of 29 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91aa17f8) out of 5 stars Good but too one-sided 19 Oct. 2011
By dec - Published on Amazon.com
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I wanted ta book to talk about the benefits of having only one child. And this book did that. At the same time, it was really too one-sided. It only talked about the benefit of having one and why that's better. I guess I was really looking for the benefits and tough parts of having one, or having two. And I was also looking for how to help my child grow up as an only child, and this book didn't cover that really.

I also didn't like that this book seemed to assume that the parents always work outside the home. I do, but not everyone does.

The title is apt though--it is truly "The case for an only child."
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