Only-children are exposed to more adult conversation and may receive more parental attention.Having siblings, on the other hand, may necessitate learning how to share, and can offer a significant support network later in life As a sibling researcher I am often presented with the question about the consequences of being an only-child.A few weeks ago as my 20-month-old daughter was playing outside she stumbled, bumped her head, and lost consciousness.

He canceled the day of because his youngest daughter had hit her head and he’d spent the previous night in the emergency room.

I totally understood why he had to cancel, but the situation also reminded me why he and I could never work and why I will never date a man with children again.

These studies show that only-children do better in school, are more motivated, have higher self-esteem, and are even more gifted socially than children with siblings.

Yet, other studies show the exact opposite and suggest that it is children with siblings who are better off in terms of academic and social development.

From Freud’s psychoanalytic ideas about sibling competition to his disciple, Adler, and his work on sibling birth order, traditional psychological theory has plenty to say about the dark side of the sibling relationship.

Considering these attitudes about siblings, China’s one child policy may begin to sounds like a good practice.When people are asked about the ideal number of children they would like in their family a small fraction of respondents say that they wanted only one child.In fact, one of the greatest American psychologists, and the first president of the American Psychological Association, G.If you’re a 20- to 35-year-old woman without any children I caution you against dating a man with kids.I did this once and, let me tell you, I learned my lesson.Closeness with siblings may serve as the primary relational anchor in older adulthood.