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Vol 8 #1 – A Unique Perspective: Interviews with Only Children of Single Parents, Thanks Mom, But I have Enough Friends, Life alert, Eldercare Resources, Grand Slam:Maria Sharapova ~ Extraordinary Champion, Dear Only Child

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VOLUME 8, NUMBER 1

“PARENT OR PEER? THERE IS A DIFFERENCE”

“LIFE ALERT ~ ELDERCARE ADVICE”

INTERVIEW WITH CHILDREN OF SINGLE PARENTS
Shelly, Josh, and Amy were raised by single parents who struggled in different ways to meet the demands of raising a child on their own. Shelly and Josh had very involved mothers. Amy was raised by a father who was physically present but emotionally absent. While the life experiences of these three have been different, all have grown into creative, productive adults.

TENNIS CHAMPION MARIA SHARAPOVA
Maria Sharapova was the unexpected winner of 2004’s Wimbledon Singles title. Only seventeen, she has the focus and talent to be the next tennis great. This only child has had the inner strength to prevail in situations that would have discouraged much older athletes.

LIFE ALERT – CAREGIVING… NOT FOR SISSIES
Only children who become their parents’ caregivers may think that having siblings would lighten their load. But that may not be the case. Even adults with siblings may end up as the primary caregivers for aging parents. “Life Alert” explains how only child caregivers can make their job easier. It may also be a comfort to know that many adults with siblings have the same stresses that adult only children have.

* PARENT OR PEER? THERE IS A DIFFERENCE *
21st Century parents don’t want to be authoritarian like many of their parents were. So, in order to avoid that behavior, they often make the mistake of trying to become their child’s friend. But as Alexis White points out in her article “Thanks Mom, but I Have Enough Friends,” only children need to know who you are and where you stand.

DEAR ONLY CHILD”
Only Child offers advice and answers your letters. Mail continues to pour in from all over this country and abroad, which makes it difficult to respond to each letter individually. We do, however, try to incorporate many of those letters and concerns into Only Child. Only children of all ages, parents, grandparents, and friends of only children have written to let us know how much they want to connect with others. What we have read has touched us deeply and made us understand even more clearly the need that Only Child fills.