Why you shouldn't feel guilty about having only one child

Lauren Sandler, MA Journalist and Author of One and Only: The Freedom of Having an Only Child and the Joy of Being One, explains why parents shouldn't feel guilty about having only one child
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Why you shouldn't feel guilty about having only one child

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It is amazing how guilty we all fall about making the choice to only have one child. I mean I feel guilty about it and I have researched this whole book that shows that it is okay. But I must say I can cite the research all day long, but the most powerful lesson for me is actually one that my own mother taught me. She taught me that to be a good mother, you have to be a happy mother. And to be a happy mother, you have to be a happy person. And if you feel in your life that you will be happiest as a mother of a single child or a father of a single child, that that will enable you to be yourself however you need to do it, or even if your biology makes that choice for you and you still feel guilty about it, just know that there are incredible advantages to being an only child that our culture overlooks and that I really believe that just being yourself as a loving parent overcomes all guilt and you have got to just be true to that.

Lauren Sandler, MA Journalist and Author of One and Only: The Freedom of Having an Only Child and the Joy of Being One, explains why parents shouldn't feel guilty about having only one child

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Lauren Sandler, MA

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Lauren Sandler is the author of One and Only: The Freedom of Having an Only Child and the Joy of Being One, and a journalist who writes on cultural politics and gender issues for publications like Time, The New York Times, and Slate. And she’s as an only child and the mother of one herself. 

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