The Only Child
More and more couples are opting
to have just one child. Keep some points in mind while raising your 'only
Studies show that more and more women are opting to have just one child. The reasons for this are quite varied. Some decide not to opt for a second child in order to balance a career with motherhood. Others have financial constraints. Bringing up a child these days is quite expensive with education taking up a major chunk of the parent's financial resources.
Hence, parent's feel that the pressure on them will be too much with more than one child.
But the reason for stopping at just one child isn't always financial. Women are getting married at a later age than they did previously. The delay can set the stage for secondary infertility -- a woman's inability to become pregnant a second time.
Whatever the reasons couples opt to have a single child, they can be rest assured that "Only Child" isn't the dirty phrase it was a generation ago.
In fact it is now a parenting trend.
A paper published in 1888 maligned the only child by describing him/her
as "selfish and self centered". However with the passing of a century the
findings of the paper are no longer relevant and further studies have shown
that there is not much difference between a first-born and a single child.
In fact it has been noticed rthat single children have higher achievement
levels because of the undivided attention, support and involvement they
get from their parent's in all their activities.
Tiger Woods, Indira Gandhi, Issac
Newton were all single children! And while learning to share and adjust
are normally learnt from siblings, these can also be learnt as a result
of spending 8 hours at school each day!!
Bringing up an only child is not without its challenges:
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