BEN & BARBARA JACOBS

Ben’s parents divorced when he was eleven, and he and his mother have been a team ever since. Ben recently completed his first year at Yale and is spending this summer and next year at Beijing University in a Chinese language immersion program. His dream is to work at the Olympics in China in 2008.(…)

AN ADOPTEE & AN ADOPTOR

Robin and Kevin are part of the world of adoption in different ways. Kevin is an adoptee while Robin and her husband are parents of an adopted only child. While Kevin and Robin bring different points of view to the adoption process, both understand that adoption offers tremendous rewards but also requires special considerations. Kevin(…)

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,(…)

STEVE & MICHELE BOHANNON

For Steve and Michele Bohannon, adoption was the best route to the family they wanted. They saw how many children needed loving homes and opened their hearts to their only child Sarah. When they started to think about the possibilities of adopting another, however, they were of two minds and ultimately decided that their family(…)

JUDY, ALLAN, & NATHAN MILLER

The Miller family lives two blocks from where the World Trade Center once stood. Dispossessed by that cataclysmic event, they ended up living together for months in a hotel room even smaller than the smallest New York apartment. Their ability to get along together and make important compromises is a testament to their love for(…)

WILL & WENDY KNOX

Every family has its challenges. For Will and Wendi, the biggest hurdle was becoming a family in the first place. When they finally had their son Landon, it seemed miraculous. They adore their son but try not to treat him any differently than if they had more than one. *To read full article purchase Only(…)

MAX BROOKS

Writer and only child Max Brooks came into his own 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(…)

JESSICA YOUD

Jessica Youd grew up happy to be an only child. She had a close relationship with her parents and enjoyed their attention. People think that only children are too self-centered to make good parents should get to know Jessica. Today she is the mother of three who credits being an only child with the stamina(…)

BILL LANE

Bill Lane has had an enviable life as an only child. He is a sought-after interior designer who has decorated the homes and offices of some of this country’s most high-profile people. Bill’s parents were loving and supportive without being overly involved. As a result, Bill grew up to be a confident person who used(…)

KIRSTEN SMITH

Kirsten Smith is one of the youngest and most successful screenwriters in Hollywood. An only child whose parents nurtured her independent spirit, Kirsten and her writing partner, Karen McCullah Lutz, have created screen magic with 10 Things I Hate About You and last summer’s huge hit Legally Blonde. Kirsten tells us how being an only(…)