The Freedom of Having an Only Child, and the Joy of Being One
Simon & Schuster
On Sale: June 11, 2013
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A humorous, tough-minded, and honest case for being and
having an only child .
Journalist Lauren Sandler
is an only child and the mother of one. After investigating
what only children are really like and whether stopping at
one child is an answer to reconciling motherhood and
modernity, she learned a lot about herselfâ€”and a lot about
our cultureâ€™s assumptions. She brings a passion and a
laser-sharp intelligence to the subject that cuts through
the anxiety, doubt, misinformation, and judgment about what
it means to be an only child and what it means to have one.
In this heartfelt work, Sandler legitimizes a conversation
about the larger societal costs of having more than one. If
parents no longer felt they had to have second children to
keep from royally screwing up their first, would the
majority of them still do it? And if the literature tells us
that a child isnâ€™t better off with a sibling than without
one, and itâ€™s not something parents truly want for
themselves, then whom is this choice serving? One and Only
examines these questions, exploring what the rise of the
single-child family means for our economies, our
environment, and our freedom. Through this journey, Sandler
has quite possibly cracked the code of happiness,
demonstrating that having just one may be the way to resolve
our countless struggles with adulthood in the modern age.
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