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Only Children Make Just as Many Friends


Society & Culture  (tags: Children, Friends, parents, kids )

Nancy
- 1585 days ago - news.discovery.com
Despite common beliefs that only children may grow up maladjusted, new research finds they're just fine.The new study should offer comfort to parents that their kids will grow up to be just fine, no matter how many they decide to have.



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gail dair (0)
Tuesday August 17, 2010, 12:11 am
Noted thanks
 

Julie van Niekerk (230)
Tuesday August 17, 2010, 4:02 am
Nothing wrong with children - it is the sick society that they have to grow up into and being exposed to lots of evilness, something that we did not have to worry about when we were children.
 

Marian D. (57)
Tuesday August 17, 2010, 12:46 pm
Interesting
 

Jo Balltes (44)
Tuesday August 17, 2010, 2:06 pm
Children are innocent when they are born..it is the atmosphere or enviroment and the bombardment of the media with different topics that is the problem. I have four kids and they are all wonderful, well adjusted near adults and adults now..they have always been treated and talked with respect and have been shown to treat others in the same way also...Thank you very much for sharing. Interesting article. x
 

Susan Pernot (75)
Tuesday August 17, 2010, 2:34 pm
It's not the kids, it's the parents who make their children into either well adjusted adults or deliquents.
 

Rosen Burg (0)
Tuesday August 17, 2010, 3:17 pm
Nice
 

Mary Donnelly (47)
Tuesday August 17, 2010, 4:19 pm
Thanks Nancy.

Provided parents are astute only children are okay; self preservation dictates that we find peers outside the family unit as soon as possible because there are none at home.

Nevertheless too many only children might be a burden on society at large as the Chinese might be finding, but only children are a great way to reduce the population.
 

pj d. (57)
Tuesday August 17, 2010, 4:52 pm
Good point Mary.

Has anyone else seen tis "cute" contest? It's looks like child abuse to me but I don't...http://landing.newsinc.com/shared/video.html?freewheel=69016&sitesection=ndnsubss&VID=92173
 

tiffany f. (1)
Tuesday August 17, 2010, 5:58 pm
i completly agree with jo b
 

Naoko I. (260)
Tuesday August 17, 2010, 6:11 pm
Thanks for the post. Well, my only son is doing quite fine, has been enjoying school/campus life with many good friends.
 

Michael Masley (5)
Tuesday August 17, 2010, 6:45 pm
noted and thanks
 

Rana Sinha (50)
Wednesday August 18, 2010, 3:43 am
Thanks for sharing.
 

Joy Wong (76)
Wednesday August 18, 2010, 5:45 am
Noted, thanks. I believe the up bringing plays a very important role in every child.
 

Ann W. (15)
Wednesday August 18, 2010, 8:15 am
Trying to make someone more generous by having kids? If s/he's an overgrown child, it won't work.

The pro-life groups must hate this study.
 

pam w. (191)
Wednesday August 18, 2010, 11:56 am
Being an "only" child was great! I've always found friends to love...some of them I call "brother" or "sister." I married into a large family, thinking it would be great fun--WRONG! The sniping, competition and arguments made me realize just how lucky I've been!
 

Teresa W. (702)
Wednesday August 18, 2010, 1:34 pm
thank you
 

Maris B. (0)
Wednesday August 18, 2010, 4:06 pm
I was an only child. My upbringing had its problems but they had nothing to do w/the fact I was an "only." I was lonely at times but learned how to entertain myself. I was never bored (thanks to my parents who always encouraged me to keep busy). I did have plenty of friends and had the advantage of feeling comfortable around adults.
But I didn't want to have only one child. My son and daughter, though 6 1/2 years apart, get along well now that they're both young adults.
Lots of labels have been pinned on "onlies": spoiled, stuck-up, etc. I was none of those.
Interesting research.
 

Bracha Kay (31)
Thursday August 19, 2010, 12:48 pm
Thanks Nancy, if the parents do their job well, most children will grow up well-adjusted regardless of whether or not they have siblings.
I personally think that many children is better. Probably just because I grew up in a religious home that did not believe in birth control, I had 6 siblings. I don't plan on having biological children because that would contribute to world overcrowding, but I hope someday to adopt many children.
 

pam w. (191)
Thursday August 19, 2010, 2:57 pm
Considering the condition of the planet...it's incredibly irresponsible to have more than one child. Human overpopulation is the root cause of EVERY PROBLEM in the world today.
 
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