By Carl E. Pickhardt
An informative examine the mutual advantages, the drawbacks, and a few of the demanding situations usual in only-child occasions. the writer outlines parent-child relationships at various levels of adolescence and adolescent progress. He describes universal styles in an in basic terms kid's peer relationships and the matter of an only-child's tendency towards self-centeredness.
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Extra info for Keys to Parenting the Only Child (Barron's Parenting Keys)
Parenting is a process of preparation. Protection is an act of prevention. Emotional protectiveness of the kind described can prevent some of the preparation a growing child needs. < previous page page_16 next page > < previous page page_17 next page > Page 17 6 The One-Parent Family: Strengths from Living with a Single Parent When abandonment, death, or divorce leaves a parent with sole day-to-day responsibility for an only child, an increased bonding with each other is usually created. Having lost a significant degree of contact with one parent, the only child (particularly if still in elementary school) tends to cling to the one remaining.
In addition, they can tell the child that he or she does not have to earn the same response at school to continue to receive parental love and approval at home. They might consider saying to the child something like this: "When you start school, you will be one among a large group of children, all equally important to the teacher. When < previous page page_46 next page > < previous page page_47 next page > Page 47 you do your work, you will find that you will do better than some students and not as well as others.
Because most human characteristics are double-edged, having both beneficial and harmful potentials, even strengths have their downsides. Parents often find a self-involved and assertive only child hard to handle. " The dilemma for many parents is how to contain their only child's strengths without injuring his or her tenacious spirit. There are some strategies that can be helpful in accomplishing this compromise. When the child speaks with absolute conviction about what is right and true (certainty), don't try to argue him or her out of this belief if you are convinced that the child is wrong or mistaken.