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The Seven Common Sins of Parenting An Only Child: A Guide for Parents and Families Paperback – Aug 12 2004
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“Offers sound and practical advice in areas potentially worrisome and problematic for parents of only children.”--Susan Newman, author, Parenting an Only Child: The Joys and Challenges of Raising Your One and Only
“A clear and helpful guide to parenting the only child. Carolyn White knows whereof she speaks.”--Carl Pickhardt, author, The Everything Parent’s Guide to Positive Discipline
“As an only child, now raising an only child, I am grateful for the insightful and unique perspective this book offers the reader.”--Ira Wohl, psychotherapist, filmmaker, and winner of an Academy Awardâ for Best Feature Documentary for Best Boy
“A down-to-earth description of the unique dilemmas facing parents of only children. . . . gives only children a voice for their experience.”--Nina Asher, clinical psychologist, child development specialist
“This charming, compassionate guide to raising only children not only grants absolution to parents who have committed one or more or the Seven Sins but also gives practical strategies that offer salvation for the future.”--Nora Malone, head of school, Village School, Pacific Palisades, California
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As the parent of an only child, are you frustrated because you find yourself overindulging and overcompensating? Do you treat your child like an adult, overpraise, or overprotect him? Have you expected perfection from your child yet failed to make rules and implement them consistently? If you are not a perfect parent of an only child, you are not alone. Based on the real-life experiences of Carolyn White–editor of Only Child magazine, parent, and educator–and hundreds of interviews with only children and parents of only children, The Seven Common Sins of Parenting an Only Child celebrates the special rewards and opportunities of the single-child family and offers a practical (and often humorous) guide for overcoming the most common errors parents can make when rearing an only child.
"Offers sound and practical advice in areas potentially worrisome and problematic for parents of only children."
–Susan Newman, author, Parenting an Only Child: The Joys and Challenges of Raising Your One and Only
"A clear and helpful guide to parenting the only child. Carolyn White knows whereof she speaks."
–Carl Pickhardt, author, The Everything Parent’s Guide to Positive Discipline
"As an only child, now raising an only child, I am grateful for the insightful and unique perspective this book offers the reader."
–Ira Wohl, psychotherapist, filmmaker, and winner of an Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary for Best Boy
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My parents both came from large families and really didn't know how to handle me being an only. They commited many of the sins in this book. I am certainly a well-adjusted adult, and I have a good relationship with my parents, but if this book had been available 20 years ago, my childhood would have been a lot smoother.
I like the way the author organized the patterns that parents of onlies exhibit. What are especially effective are the true-life stories that readers of onlychild.com have submitted over the years. Rather than include dry figures or statistics, there are actual people relating their problems and dealing honestly with their mistakes.
In short, both my wife and I found this to be a very solid read. I would recommend it not only to parents on onlies but to parents of multiple kids who think that they have the right to tell others what the correct family size should be.
1) Over-indulgence of child
2) Over-protection of child
3) Failure to discipline the child
4) Over-compensation- just because there's only one child
5) Seeking perfection from your only child
6) Treating your child like an adult
7) Over-praising the child
Apart from number (4) in the list, isn't everything else a general parenting pitfall for parents with any number of kids? I read the reviews here and on [...] where there are 2 full-length reviews of this book.
The 7 Sins book does have a lot of don't s for Only children, some of which are well-written. I think the stress on moderation was good. She says the book is based on interviews (therapy sessions?) of 100s of Only Children and their parents. Looks like she met mostly only children or parents who have a problem- and her book amply displays a preachy and 'talking down' attitude.
Her stress on giving kids their space and letting them be was refreshing. She talks about the sins of over-parenting and living vicariously through your kid- wanting your only to do the things YOU want, fulfilling YOUR un-fulfilled ambitions...
The writing style is clear. Although there is some humor mixed in it, overall you will feel drained and guilty. I promise you that you will not get lost in the book since it is well-structured and organized. But then you might end up requiring therapy after reading the whole book!
One more thing: this is a newer book on Only Children. Most of the others were published 10 or 20 years back.