I’m the Only Child?!:
How Being an Only Child Influences Personal Development – Ross Floate
Only Child on Being an Only Child:
Are you a parent of an only child?
Congratulations! Your child is more likely to get the undivided affection and attention every child deserves.
The Only Child Project is a community for parents raising an only child. This is a place where you share your stories, spread the love, discuss issues, and find solutions to parenting problems you might be facing. This is where we want to let you know that being ‘only’ doesn’t mean being ‘lonely’ or anything that makes it sound distressful and negative.
Every Child Is Unique
First born, middle child, youngest kid, or an only child – every child is unique but they are all the same in too many ways. They all need love, care, and affection – some might even demand it. Children, they give you a lot to cherish, but at the same time they may also be problematic.
For all those Only Children who asked us – Yes, we are ready to expand our site!
We are expanding our site to additionally focus on issues from the viewpoint of an Only Child. Even though our site started off as a support system for parents of Only Children, we didn’t pay much attention to the perspectives of only children.
So, here we go! All ‘Only Children’ are welcome to send us messages about your issues, problems, or thoughts about yourself, your family, friends, school, dating, married life. We will post your messages on our site under your name (or anonymously if you want). Please send us an email (on the ‘Contact’ Page).
While raising a single child has its share of peculiar joys, it also comes with several challenges, most of which are due to long formed stereotypes and stigmas.
The Only Child Project is a platform that helps parents free themselves and their child from such clutches and overcome every challenge. We are here to ensure you that you are not alone, and being an only child does not in any way obstruct the child from growing into a balanced, responsible and caring adult.
Unfortunately, there has always been a slight air of negativity around the subject and such children, along with their parents are often forced to think that it is all because of the loneliness their child suffers from. They even have a fancy term ‘the lonely child syndrome’ for it.
While the only child syndrome is an actual issue, it is not because the way a child is born but because of how he/she is raised.
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Things You Need to Know as a Parent
Back in 1800’s, a psychologist Stanley Hall concluded his research about the only child with a remark that states “Only child is a disease in itself”. Once again, we are talking about the 1800s and numerous modern psychologists including the famous Toni Falbo proved Hall’s theory wrong. Unfortunately, the negative stereotype on only child continues. Don’t fall for it.
What your child needs the most is your support and the surety that you are by their side. You can play an important role in helping them develop a sense of security. You can raise them as confident and content adults with higher sense of individuality and self esteem.
Parenting an only child may be a demanding job, but you are not alone in your struggle. The Only Child Project provides the support you need.
We have a plethora of resources from child psychologists and experts who have the credibility, experience, and knowledge regarding this topic. We invite and encourage you to utilize our resources, and it’s your support that we need in return.
You Are Stronger than You Know
You may not feel like it but you are capable of making as much difference as anyone else.
We want you to support us through your active participation in this humble little community we have formed. We want you to connect with fellow parents and onlies, discuss and share stories and issues, find solutions, and learn strategies to develop a stronger only child personality. Join our forums to discuss your issues with those who are facing similar situation as yours or have faced it in the past.
Feel free to use our resources and get a better hang of parenting an only child. Since we are a community, we believe in unrestricted access to an ever-growing knowledgebase. And that is why we invite you to add to our database by submitting articles on topic and issues that we haven’t covered yet.
Furthermore, you can help us keep a check on the quality of content and the credibility of the resources we share by providing your feedback and reviews.
So, once again we are about to tell you what we told you as we started and what everyone including your child should know and believe;
You Are Not Alone – No One Is
Help is always there if you are willing to find it, and you too might be able to help someone in more ways than you know.
Whether you are a parent or the child, you can join our community, share, and play your part in eliminating the negative stereotypes surrounding the only child.
You may have an Only Child but you are not alone. So join the community, share and be part of us.