Parenting Expert, Susan Newman Ph.D.

The Case for the Only Child: Your Essential Guide

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case-for-the-only-childAlthough parenting approaches change, attitudes about only children remain stuck in the past.

The negative stereotypes — lonely, selfish, bossy, spoiled, socially maladjusted — make parents think their child will be at a disadvantage when compared to those who grew up with siblings.

The Case for the Only Child debunks the myths, taking into account the many changes the nuclear family has experienced in the face of two-family incomes, single parenting, women starting families later, and the economic reality of raising children in our modern world. Combining often-surprising findings with real-life stories, compassionate insight, and thought-provoking questions, Newman gives readers a guide to help them decide for themselves how to best plan their family and raise a single child.

  • Provides fascinating facts and statistics to show the reason for the rapid rise in the number of singletons
  • Explores pressure from friends, relatives, and strangers to have a second child… and how to deal with it
  • Demystifies the realities of raising and being an only child
  • Answers the difficult question: Does a child need a sibling?


Praise for The Case for the Only Child

“I love books that present good news most people don’t know about. This is such a book. Susan Newman lets you know that far from being damaged, only children can have it made! As a parent, you can have one and be done, and Dr. Newman shows you why. Goodbye guilt, welcome the fulsome joy of being parents to a one-and-only!”
- Edward Hallowell, M.D., author of The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness. Read more

Under One Roof Again: All Grown Up and (Re)learning to Live Together Happily

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As nest eggs shrink, parents are moving in with their adult children and grandchildren in record numbers.

Similarly, with jobs scarce and unemployment high, more and more adult children, be they recent college grads (77% of them in 2009) or on their own for a while, are returning home to their parents.

Under One Roof Again squarely addresses the inevitable and sensitive issues—from money matters to boundaries—that arise when formerly parent-child relationships become adult-adult ones. Drawing on her own research with family members already living together and on academic studies, social psychologist Susan Newman, a leading authority in the family relationship and parenting fields, provides solid advice for avoiding the snags and building stronger family ties when family members rejoin each other for long or short time periods.


Praise for Under One Roof Again

“In her author’s note, Newman (The Book of No, Parenting an Only Child) compares the mystery of functioning families to the splitting of the atom and the prevention of global warming. Living in harmony with one’s returning child and/or family or one’s parents is about as complicated. To help with the resurgence of this phenomenon, Newman offers practical considerations, from protecting privacy and sticking to food preferences to dealing with money and respecting others’ time. Verdict: Newman covers all the bases, and her book is essential reading for those facing this situation. Following her advice can make the difference between enjoying the richness of another generation or simply tolerating it.”

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Parenting An Only Child: The Joys and Challenges of Raising Your One and Only


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Whether it’s by choice or fate, having a single child presents unique considerations, opportunities, and advantages.

Dr. Susan Newman—who has studied only child families since the 1980s—shatters the myths of the lonely, spoiled, bossy only child. Parenting an Only Child provides in-depth coverage of the critical issues such as:

  • Making the right family size decision for you
  • Maintaining a balance of power in a three-member household
  • Single parenting the only child
  • Setting boundaries with a child who is used to having your undivided attention
  • Fostering high achievement, creativity and independence in only children
  • Warning signs when a parent’s expectations are too high or pressure is too great
  • The effects of having parents, instead of siblings, as role models
  • Confronting age-old stereotypes
  • Withstanding the pressure to have another
  • Building family networks and other support systems for the future

Parenting an Only Child is the essential handbook for raising an only child or for exploring the option. It separates fact from fiction and offers fascinating findings and family stories. The down-to-earth advice makes it your supportive guide for raising a happy, well-adjusted child.

Praise for Parenting an Only Child

“She expertly discusses the finer points of raising an only child, with tips for encouraging sharing, making sure your child isn’t running the household and guarding against a “state-of-the-art child” that would help any parent in our affluent, child-centered times.”
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