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The world of only children
Susan Newman Ph.D.
While many still initially envision having multiple children, more parents than ever are choosing to embrace the one-child family.
Well-meaning parents put soul-crushing pressure on their children. Here are tools to change how you pressure your children.
Negative only-child stereotypes are a thing of the past and no longer play a dominant role in family planning decisions. What changed?
Gen Z and Millennials grew up being told, “Don’t talk to strangers.” Here's how we can start undoing the damage done by that message.
New predictions for fewer babies reflect pandemic fallout. Why else are we seeing more only children?
Steve Jobs and Lin-Manuel Miranda make a strong case for not worrying so much when your child says, “I have nothing to do.” Why being bored is a good thing and what it sparks.
Should you forgive someone who hurt you without receiving an apology? If you are the one who should be saying you're sorry, is there a way to do it well?
When you talk to single women who choose to be mothers, their desire, determination, and grit—no matter how daunting the obstacles—are clear.
When masculinity and femininity become irrelevant, you get gender equality. Twenty-five couples in 22 countries did it. Learn how.
Here’s why not only working mothers, but also fathers need more time off to care for their newborn children.
A new study suggests that during COVID-19, adolescent alcohol and cannabis use has increased. Here's why some young people end up on a dangerous path.
A new study suggests ways to keep virus from spreading on campus.
COVID-19 has added another layer of complexity to an already difficult and life altering question: How many children to have.
When we call children "shy," "lonely," or "selfish," we're often surprisingly incorrect. Why?
Two doctors clarify the science of COVID-19 in a free children’s book.
Who has a tougher time being quarantined: only children or kids with siblings? Why what you believe may be incorrect.
Tween friendships are tricky, inevitably hitting snags. Use these insights and approaches to safeguard your tweens’ peer relationships during the pandemic and long after.
There are surprising differences in how disasters like hurricanes and terrorist attacks affect families. Here's what could happen in yours after the coronavirus pandemic.
Shared beliefs about boys’ and girls’ reading abilities are gendered, and, in fact, stereotypes. A new study reveals how they affect children's reading and academic outcomes.
What parents need to know about children’s make-believe pals and the many roles they play.
The difference in mothers’ and fathers’ well-being and happiness exists from babyhood into adolescence. Here’s why and in what ways.
Adult only children take the long view on the benefits and drawbacks of growing up solo.
Studies suggest Millennials can wait to have babies. Here's evidence to answer common family planning questions.
Parents can combat the many distractions that keep your child from reading. Here are proven ways to raise a reader, be she a toddler or reluctant teen.
Not using your parental leave is a “crying shame.” Here's why dads don't take full advantage of their paternal leaves—even though the benefits to mom, dad, and baby are so great.
In Japan and South Korea women openly reject marriage, broadcasting their pledge to a “live-alone life.” Would you have a wedding celebration without a groom?
Rarely does a parent want a son or daughter to quit a pursuit. But, the decision-making process matters more than persistence and grit. Here’s why.
Why subscribing to outdated norms of masculinity is problematic parenting.
An updated "Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls," supports the new, unique challenges today's girls face. You'll be surprised how much has changed in 25 years.
Most parents assume siblings will be positive additions to a family and are then shocked by the number of clashes.
Susan Newman, Ph.D., is a social psychologist and author. Her latest book is The Book of No: 365 Ways to Say it and Mean it—and Stop People-Pleasing Forever.
Singletons and the singular issues that affect family life and parenting no matter how many children you have or may have in the future.