- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 17, 2001

Books

"Parenting an Only Child: The Joys and Challenges of Raising Your One and Only," by Susan Newman, Doubleday, 1990. The author, a Rutgers University sociologist and mother of an only child, is wrapping up a new edition of her book, which contains information on raising an only child and whether stopping at one is the right decision for you.
The Irreducible Needs of Children: What Every Child Must Have to Grow, Learn, and Flourish," by Dr. T. Berry Brazelton and Dr. Stanley I. Greenspan, Perseus Books, 2000. This book, whether for parents of one or 10 children, is written by these gurus of child-rearing one a pediatrician and the other a child psychiatrist. It offers viable solutions to age-old problems and guidelines for rearing.

Online

Only Child Enterprises (www.OnlyChild.com) publishes a quarterly magazine called Only Child, which contains articles and information about parenting, financial planning, education, etc., for those who, by choice or circumstance, have a one-child family. Husband-and-wife team Charles and Carolyn White, themselves parents of a "one and only," created the publication as a newsletter in 1996. Now it runs 36 to 44 pages without advertisements, receives international correspondence and regularly features the advice of four clinical psychologists.

• Those interested in statistics and information on population and fertility trends can navigate the U.S. Census Bureau Web site (www.census.gov) for facts on household and family projections.

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