I was intrigued recently - and a little relieved - when psychologist and child expert Dr. Michelle Borba, whom I follow on Twitter, shared some interesting new information about raising only children. Having become a mom at the age of 40, my husband and I knew we would only have one child. We feel we are blessed that everything turned out well with our daughter, and it would be best to leave well enough alone. There are numerous risks involved with having children later in life.
If I were younger, I would consider having another child. But I have come to accept things the way they are. However, I've heard so many negative stereotypes about only children through the years. And I will admit, they have caused me concern about my daughter. But it turns out those generalizations, while ingrained in our society's mindset, are based on outdated research that was poorly conducted in the first place. And modern day experts have basically debunked it.
Even better, recent research points to some interesting and exciting benefits for only children. A key factor for success is that the child's parents provide ample social opportunities. Which is something my husband and I work hard to do. There's enough to worry about when raising a child. I'm glad the fact that she is an only child no longer has to be one of them.