Parents

Dispelling myths about only children

Aug. 27, 2010 at 11:57 AM ET

There are a lot of preconceptions about only children. Just take a look at some of the responses to yesterday's question of the day. Only children are alleged to suffer from myriad disadvantages from being deprived of the socialization that comes with dealing with siblings. Despite the stereotypes, however, deciding to have only one child is the fastest growing family trend in the United States. But parenting expert Michele Borba says the traits of the "only child syndrome" aren’t necessarily carved in stone. New research suggests that only children do not necessarily miss out on the same skill-building experiences. Borba shares some tips for parents on how to provide those opportunities for their only children. Parents, do your only children adhere to the stereotypes? How have you tried to diffuse those traits? Watch the video and share your thoughts in the comments section below.
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