Author Lauren Sandler
Lonely. Selfish. Maladjusted. These are the words most often associated with only children. In her new book, One and Only: The Freedom of Having an Only Child and the Joy of Being One, journalist Lauren Sandler argues persuasively that being born a singleton isn't a tragedy, but gift—both for a kid and their parents.
"I was amazed at how much research has disproved our stereotypes about only children, and yet the myths still remain in place," Sandler tells Yahoo! Shine, "It's like it's the only bias to survive political correctness unscathed." Poring over 500 academic studies, Sandler found that in 25 out of 32 different intelligence tests, only children scored higher than other kids—and scored as high in 4. Perhaps more surprisingly, they also demonstrated equal peer popularity, generosity, emotional stability, and contentment. And, they were observed to be no more narcissistic than children with siblings.
Still, a recent Gallup poll found that more than three-quarters of AmericansRead More »from Only Children: Debunking the Myths