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Vol 6 #3/4 – What’s in a Name? Interview with Max Brooks, A Dramatic Delight: Charlize Theron, What Do We Really Want For Our Children? “Odd Girl Out” Hidden Culture ~ Hidden Tears, Special Bonds ~ Only Child Friendships, Divorce & The Only Child:The Other Side of Loss, Dear Only Child

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Volume 6, Number 3/4

“WHAT DO WE REALLY WANT FOR OUR CHILDREN?”
“ODD GIRL OUT – HIDDEN CULTURE/HIDDEN TEARS”
“SPECIAL BONDS – SOMETIMES IT TAKES TWO”
“DIVORCE AND THE ONLY CHILD”
“THE OTHER SIDE OF LOSS”

INTERVIEW WITH MAX BROOKS: Writer and only child Max Brooks came into his own at the end of last year when he won an Emmy for his work on Saturday Night Live. Being funny is natural for Max, who is the son of Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft. What didn’t come as naturally was convincing his parents that it was necessary for him to become acquainted with adversity and failure.

FAMOUS ONLY CHILD PROFILE – CHARLIZE THERON: When only child Charlize Theron was growing up in a small town in South Africa she had no idea that someday people in large and small towns across the world would be watching her in movie theatres. She got her big break by asserting herself and making other people take notice. She has been doing that ever since.

WHAT DO WE REALLY WANT FOR OUR CHILDREN?: Elementary School Director Joan Martin asks the question and answers it. What we want for our only children is, of course, everything good. But if we want only the sweet and not the bitter, our children will not be resilient enough to bear the stresses of real life.

ODD GIRL OUT – HIDDEN CULTURE/HIDDEN TEARS: Rachel Simmons’ book “Odd Girl Out” is a panorama of how girl culture can go wrong. Every parent of a girl should know the symptoms and consequences of how girls isolate one another.

SPECIAL BONDS – SOMETIMES IT TAKES TWO: Only children are fiercely loyal to their friends and nurture their relationships. Only children and their best friends talk about what it means to be as close or closer than siblings.

DIVORCE AND THE ONLY CHILD: The time leading up to, during, and following a divorce is almost always confusing for both parents and children. Many factors affect all families facing divorce. Divorce is always painful for a family, even if the long-term outcome is a positive one. Dr. Nina Asher points out that custody issues, the degree of tension and combativeness between parents, and how quickly the separated families reconstitute themselves, are all factors in how children handle the crisis of divorce.

THE OTHER SIDE OF LOSS: Feeling an integral part of the parental marriage to a degree multiple children in a family usually do not, the only child often reacts to parental divorce more intensely because he or she has so much to lose. There are six common losses an only child can experience from divorce. Dr. Carl Pickhardt explains how parents can help a child through the painful transition he or she is required to make.

DEAR ONLY CHILD: Only Child offers advice and answers your letters.