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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.