Twenty-two-year-old Joe Reegan is an only child who was raised by a single mother. Joe recently graduated from college with a major in finance, but he has no intentions of becoming an investment banker. That’s just too safe for him. Instead, he hopes to make it as an actor. Totally focused on his goal, Joe(…)
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Born in 1978 just after the Chinese government began its one child per family campaign, Lynn overcame a difficult childhood and adolescence to become a confident, outspoken young woman. Her strong desire to help others has inspired her to become a doctor, Lynn maintains that only-child determination has been a significant factor in her success.(…)
Ira Wohl is a psychoanalyst and filmmaker who won an Oscar in 1979 for his film Best Boy, a documentary about his then 52-year-old cousin Philly. Ira’s only-child independence has been the catalyst for a creative life that centers around understanding human behavior. *To read full article purchase Only Child Vol. 4 No. 4.
Susan Newman is a social psychologist who teaches at Rutgers University in New Jersey. She holds a Ph.D. in social psychology and is the author of “Parenting An Only Child” and ten other books including, “Little Things Long Remembered: Making Your Children Feel Special Everyday” and “It Won’t Happen To Me: True Stories of Teen(…)
David Yoshimaru is an only child who grew up navigating between two worlds. Ultimately he had to separate from his family in order to determine his own fate. Being an only child helped him establish his independence. *To read full article purchase Only Child Vol. 4 No. 2.
There is nothing stereotypical about college student Michelle LeTourneau. Our interview with her reveals an only child who is loving, outgoing, and thoroughly committed to her family. This is a girl who accepts great responsibilities but still knows how to have fun. She is secure and fearless, qualities we would like all children to have(…)
People often wonder what happens when only children marry one another. Does it work? Can two only children who are used to having their own space and most of the attention at home compromise with one another? Donna and Jerry Dunn are two only children who have been married for 24 years and still going(…)
Brittani Morris and her parents are representative of many only child families. They are intensely loyal, close, and loving. In order to save money and pay off college loans after graduation, Brittani moved back in with with her parents. The family talks about their relationship and the fulfillment they have realized as an only child(…)
John Johnson was one of the first African-American news anchors on television. He has traveled all over the world covering wars, presidential elections, prison riots, and the OJ Simpson trial. An only child who grew up in the slums of New York and Washington, DC., he is sure that his family would never have made(…)
Week after week we receive letters, e-mails, and phone calls from anxious parents who think that their only child will grow up damaged because there are no siblings in the picture. We thought it was about time to hear from only children themselves. Jimmy Duffy, an 18 year old student at Berkeley, has had his(…)