Podcast Episode 17: The Case for the Only Child

Podcast Episode 17: The Case for the Only Child

Thanks so much for coming to check out Episode 17 of The New Family Podcast!

In this episode I’m joined by psychologist and parenting expert Susan Newman. Susan is the author of 15 books including The Case for the Only Child as well as Parenting an Only Child: the Joys and Challenges of Raising Your One and Only.

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Now back to what this interview is all about. Susan and I chat about the pressure on families to have more than one child, as well as the negative assumptions that singletons grow-up spoiled and selfish. Susan makes the argument that despite the fact that single-child families are on the rise, attitudes about only children remain stuck in the past. She points out some significant benefits to having just one, including increased financial resources, career advantages for moms, and close bonds between parent and child. In fact, she calls the single-child family, “The New Traditional Family.”

Here are some great resources related to my discussion with Susan.

Susan’s website

Susan’s book The Case for the Only Child

Susan’s book Parenting an Only Child: the Joys and Challenges of Raising Your One and Only

Singletons: Susan’s Psychology Today Blog

Susan’s Favourite Parenting Advice:

“Don’t take your parenting so seriously. Don’t look at every misstep as the end of the world because something that seems horrible at the moment, in five years or ten years, whatever was going on could be part of family lore. It could be part of the jokes you tell… What seemed like a crisis is not going to be a crisis down the road. And always keep your sense of humour.”

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Brandie is a long-time parenting editor, writer and spokesperson. Most recently editor-in-chief of Canadian Family magazine, Brandie has also been the parenting and relationships editor for the Toronto Star, founding editor of two Toronto Star websites, and an editor for Today's Parent. Brandie is a single mother of two in Toronto and a frequent television and radio guest on parenting topics. A former digital director at House & Home Media, she also consults on digital audience engagement. Contact her here.


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