I recently read two interesting takes on having only one child, which is a subject that always catches my attention as it is weighing heavy on my mind in terms of my own family planning.
The first was from The New York Times - Only Children. Lonely and Selfish? There was a lot of interesting research in the article.
The differences between only children and those raised with siblings tend to be positive ones. Ms. Falbo and Ms. Polit examined hundreds of studies in the 1980s and found that only children had demonstrably higher intelligence and achievement; only children have also been found to have more self-esteem. These findings, which have been confirmed repeatedly in recent years, hold true regardless of whether parents of only children stayed together and regardless of economic class.
Researchers like the sociologist Judith Blake believe these qualities result from the fact that parents who have just one child are able to devote more resources — time, money and attention — to them than parents who have to divide resources among more children.
And the other article was on Huffington Post - Only Child Myths.
Lots to think about! Any only children out there want to weigh in?