By Carl E. Pickhardt
An informative examine the mutual merits, the drawbacks, and a few of the demanding situations average in only-child events. the writer outlines parent-child relationships at diversified phases of youth and adolescent development. He describes universal styles in an basically kid's peer relationships and the matter of an only-child's tendency towards self-centeredness.
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At this point, the mother or father may find the only child acting enemy to this romantic interest. '' Partnership with the single parent has caused the only child to become proprietary and feel protective of this relationship, reluctant to allow a potential rival in. In most cases, it is the opposite sex child from the single parent who will feel most threatened, unwilling to yield his or her historical family role of "man" or "woman of the family" to an outsider. How is the single parent going to dismantle the old partnership with the only child in order to make room for a new spouse?
The child's image is in danger of becoming distorted through the eyes of parents who sincerely believe, or want to believe, that their one and only child's ordinary accomplishments are a miracle of exceptional achievement. Without another child to whom they can compare their first, it is hard for parents not to occasionally overreact and lose < previous page page_42 next page > < previous page page_43 next page > Page 43 realistic perspective. " That statement is probably correct. Also true is that few only children start out life being willing to consider themselves only average.
Characteristics that commonly testify to the only child's self-attachment include: Certaintyknowing himself or herself well enough to be very sure of personal likes, opinions, and beliefs; Willfulnesscommitment to insist on what he or she wants and to resist what he or she doesn't want; < previous page page_49 next page > < previous page page_50 next page > Page 50 Outspokennesswillingness to speak up for himself or herself when differences with parents or other authorities arise; Sufficiencyability to enjoy his or her own solitary company.