Came across this article which is quite interesting and so I'm sharing it here!
But now, I'm curious to know how it is practically.
Does having one child creates too much of pressure or its good in today's World?
The Advantages and Disadvantages of Having an Only Child
Several years ago, having big families was common and this was seen as an advantage. This was mainly because children began working at an early age to help provide for the family. But with the changing times and with the cost of living getting higher every single year, having a big family is no longer considered to be a practical option. In fact, more couples are now considering having only one child
Despite the fact that we live in this modern age however, there are certain stigmas that have been attached to an only child:
- He/she is lonely.
- He/she is self-centred.
- He/she is a spoiled brat
- He/she is selfish.
- He/she always wants attention.
- He/she has a greater tendency of playing with imaginary friends.
- He/she has difficulty socialising.
- He/she is more prone to get sick.
These characteristics however, are not always apparent in all cases of only children. But there are distinct advantages and disadvantages of having just one child:
Advantages of Having an Only Child
1. An only child gets very attached to his/her parents and has a great relationship with them.
2. An only child gets the best in everything – material things and otherwise.
3. An only child gets his/her parents undivided attention.
4. An only child does not have to deal with other siblings
5. An only child does not have to compete with other siblings for his/her parents’ attention.
6. An only child will not be compared (intentionally or not) with another sibling.
7. An only child is more independent.
Disadvantages of Having an Only Child
1. An only child may grow up lonely.
2. An only child has no one to grow up with.
3. An only child may get too much pressure from parents, to perform well or excel in school and other activities
4. The parents of an only child tend to be overprotective.
5. An only child may get bored of parental involvement
6. An only child may have a harder time making friends.
7. An only child may be pressure to have children in order to carry on the family name.
8. An only child may become burdened about being the sole caregivers of elderly parents.
9. An only child will never have the experience of having nephews and nieces.
While these advantages and disadvantages focus mainly on the child, the parents also benefit from having an only child while undergoing some negative emotions due to their decision to have only one child.
The most obvious benefit of having only one child for parents is – they are able to give more to their child in terms of material things as well as their love and attention. But despite this fact, parents of only children these days still undergo some challenges:
- Parents of only children get strange looks or rude remarks from people when they say they have only one child.
- Family and friends tend to pressure them to have more children.
- Parents of only children sometimes feel guilty for not giving their child a sibling.
- Parents of only children are worried about their child being alone after they die