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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Raising an Only Child


My husband and I are not sure if we'll have another child after Russell. I personally, is not confident if I'll be able to give two kids the attention they need. I barely have the time to spend the whole day with my son. Some see our decision as being selfish but I believe that it will be more selfish for us to have another child if we can't take care of him/her the way we want to.

I read an article online about raising an only child and I thought I'd share it with everyone.

Only Inspiration: Raising an only child
Raising an only child comes with both advantages and challenges for the parents. We share an expert’s views and tips on this issue.

We all have those lolos and lolas with an overwhelming number of siblings, but times are changing. With deteriorating economies, couples have to tighten their budgets and cultivate modest lifestyles. For some, that could mean having one child instead of the brood they’ve planned.

Lexi Welanetz, Psy.D., co-founder of the Family Resource Counseling Center and only child herself, shares with SmartParenting her views and tips on raising an only child.

Not so bad after all

Being an only child isn’t a dismal experience. In fact, that might even be good news for the child. “The household is typically less chaotic, meaning there’s also more attention available for that child. The child grows up thinking, ‘Well, why can’t I have it my way?’ which is typically how I spend 75 percent of my day,” shares Dr. Lexi with a laugh.

Balancing the equation

Given more attention in this attention deficit world could, in the right measure, result in more confident, assertive children who believe in their capability to make things happen. “It’s nice to have that focus to be able to put it to one child. At the same time, it’s important that that child recognizes that they’re not the center of the universe,” says Dr. Lexi.

What do you think?

Blessed Be.


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