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Parenting an Only Child: The Joys and Challenges Of Raising Your One and Only

By Susan Newman, Ph.D.Random House; $12.95



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Susan Newman’s book explicitly includes adoption (and adoptive single parenting) among the family types that might have one child. There may be little research on only children in adoptive families, but the anecdotes and personal testimonies in Parenting an Only Child illustrate what comes up in such a family.

Newman champions one-child families by disproving the stereotypes and promoting positive research on only children. Newman argues for the one-child family from the two angles that count: the child’s and the parents.’ “On self-evaluation, only children were either as happy and satisfied or happier and more satisfied with their lives than children who had one or two siblings,” she writes. That is, surely, the heart of the matter.

–by Amy Klatzkin, a contributing editor to Adoptive Families and the adoptive mother of one child.


Copyright 2002 Adoptive Families magazine. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited.Susan

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