One Is Enough
by Bill Hayes
In One Is Enough for the New York Times Book Review, Lori Gottlieb reviews One and Only: The Freedom of Having an Only Child, and the Joy of Being One by Lauren Sandler.
In “One and Only,” Sandler expands her article and delves deeply, thoughtfully and often humorously into history, culture, politics, religion, race, economics and, of course, scientific research to explore the origins and merits of [having just one child]. Only children test more favorably than siblings on generosity and sociability, two traits with which they were thought to struggle, and teachers found only children to have fewer “nervous symptoms” than their sibling classmates. Notwithstanding hundreds of reassuring studies like these, onlies, in the words of one psychologist, remain “more maligned than maladjusted.” [more]