An interview with social psychologist and author, Susan Newman about the stigma and misinformation about only children. She describes studies that not only show that only children do not suffer from the lack of siblings but show improved academic achievement. She reports that the stereotypes of being spoiled, bossy and lonely do not hold up to research and that only children families are the fastest growing type of family in the US and in many parts of the western world, approaching a quarter of all families. She describes the factors that lead parents to have one child including wanting to give the child the best of their limited resources and time, wanting to avoid favoritism and rivalry, marriage and child-bearing happening later in life, secondary infertility, and the economy. Her books are Parenting Your Only Child, and The Case for the Only Child: Your essential Guide.
An interview with author Susan Conley about her experience of coping with breast cancer in China, while parenting two young boys. Susan describes how writing helped her work through her deep fear and sadness about her boys possibly not having a mother. She also talks about “pre-writing” and how she had struggled with resentment of those without cancer, and how that dissipated through the act of writing itself. Susan describes her decision to write as honestly as possible, exposing less than ideal parenting, or spousal moments as part of her story. We end the interview with a discussion of the Telling Room, which Susan co-founded. She describes the ways that supporting children to write and tell their story can give them a powerful new sense of identity and of being heard and valued. Susan’s book is, The Foremost Good Fortune.
An interview with Patricia Ellen about the suicide of her son when he was fourteen. [Read more…]
An interview with Kathryn Black, author of Mothering Without a Map: Finding the Good Mother Within. [Read more…]
An interview with medical assistant and doula Martha Tole about bad mother anxiety and childbirth. [Read more…]