Future of Your Only Child: How to Guide Your Child to a Happy and Successful Life

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One-child households havedoubled over the last two decades making it one of the fastest growing family units in America. Expert Carl Pickhardt aids families in understanding the common traits of many adult "onlies"—like shyness, perfection, and intolerance—so that they can better prepare for potential outcomes. He also celebrates the positive qualities of only children and how to encourage characteristics like thoughtfulness, creativity, and ambition. Pickhardt shed new light on issues that many only-child ...

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Overview

One-child households havedoubled over the last two decades making it one of the fastest growing family units in America. Expert Carl Pickhardt aids families in understanding the common traits of many adult "onlies"—like shyness, perfection, and intolerance—so that they can better prepare for potential outcomes. He also celebrates the positive qualities of only children and how to encourage characteristics like thoughtfulness, creativity, and ambition. Pickhardt shed new light on issues that many only-child families encounter such as:

-attachment problems

-conflicts between only child and parent

-performance anxiety

-unusually high personal expectations

-feelings of entitlement

-dependence

-problems with risk-taking

With a distinctive focus on long-term effects, this book will help refine and improve daily parenting methods. Parents will welcome these insightful guidelines for the formative influence they wish to provide.

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Since the number of families raising only one child has doubled in the past 20 years, many books have been written about the plight of only children-their self-centeredness and critical perfectionism, for example. Here, Pickhardt (The Connected Father: Understanding Your Unique Role and Responsibilities During Your Child's Adolescence) covers much of the same ground. He identifies 15 dynamics-e.g., attention, sensitivity, willfulness, and attachment-that can create issues in raising an only child. For each dynamic, he allots a chapter, describing the pros and cons and furnishing measures to prevent potentially unfavorable outcomes. While the book offers a unique focus on possible long-term effects should these dynamics be left unaddressed, some of Pickhardt's conclusions are questionable in their subjectivity: e.g., he claims sensitivity in an only child can lead to hypersensitivity and excessive seriousness. Consider purchasing for public libraries with extensive parenting and/or psychology collections.
—Krista Bush

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403984173
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 3/4/2008
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 835,972
  • Product dimensions: 5.55 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Carl E. Pickhardt, Ph.D. is the author of popular parenting titles including Keys to Successful Stepfathering, The Everything® Parent's Child to the Strong-Willed Child, The Everything® Parent's Guide to Positive Discipline, and The Connected Father (Palgrave Macmillan). He lives in Austin, Texas.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Birth Order and Only-Child Research

Attention: A Matter of Notice

Sensitivity: A Matter of Feeling

Constancy: A Matter of Order

Friendship: A Matter of Loyalty

Willfulness: A Matter of Control

Attachment: A Matter of Intimacy

Conflict: A Matter of Inexperience

Rectitude: A Matter of Correctness

Ambition: A Matter of Achievement

Responsibility: A Matter of Commitment

Possessiveness: A Matter of Ownership

Approval: A Matter of Pleasing

Dependence: A Matter of Holding On

Pressure: A Matter of Demand

Anxiety: A Matter of Loss

A Final Word: Acceptance: Matter of Appreciation

Appendix A: The Ten-Point Survival Plan for Adult Only Children

Appendix B: Notable Only Children

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