In her experience as a family therapist, Dr. Nachman has found that parents of only children need two things: reassurance that they have not handicapped their child by choosing to raise him alone and specific information on how best to raise an only child. This perceptive book addresses both these needs. The chapters include: "What's Really Bothering You?" which explains how to deal with society's concept of an "ideal" multichild family; "Will He Be Spoiled for Life?" which dissects the stereotypes; "He Sits With Us: He Thinks He's One of the Grown-ups," which offers advice on how to stop turning only-child myths into self-fulfilling prophecies; "Keeping the Pressure Off," which discusses avoiding the "superchild syndrome"; and "A New Look at the American Home," which offers advice for the only child in a single-parent/divorced family.
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Patricia Nachman is a teaching fellow in graduate psychology at the New School for Social Research and has been widely published in academic journals. She is a mother of an only child and lives in New York City.
Sally Warren is a Canadian communications consultant and writer. She has extensive experience as a magazine writer and editor in the United States and Canada. A Philadelphia native, she met the love of her life while working in New York City and moved with him to Vancouver, where she was married for nineteen years--and then Dumped!
Andrea Thompson was an editor at McCalls magazine and is currently a freelance writer specializing in women's issues. Her articles have appeared in Redbook, Good Housekeeping, Parents, Working Mother, and other national magazines. She is the co-author of Maternal Fitness and You and Your Only Child.From Library Journal:
According to popular wisdom, an only child is spoiled, lonely, and a social misfit. Not so, say psychologist Nachman and writer Thompson. The authors debunk these and dozens of other myths regarding the only child and reassure parents that an only child "will do just fine." They discuss social attitudes about "onlies" and challenge parents to examine their own preconceptions about the one-child family. Offering practical advice on issues as diverse as the only child and friendships, the parent/child triangle, and the only child and divorce, this book provides parents with the confidence and tools needed to raise an only child as a well-adjusted, achieving, and happy individual. Recommended for child-rearing collections.?Pamela W. Bellows, Northwestern Connecticut Community-Technical Coll. Lib., Winstead
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