The Future of Your Only Child

How to Guide Your Child to a Happy and Successful Life

by Pickhardt, Carl E., Ph.D.

One-child households have doubled over the last two decades, making it one of the fastest-growing family units in America. Expert Carl Pickhardt aids families in understanding the common traits of many adult "onlies"--like shyness, perfection, and intolerance--so that they can better prepare for potential outcomes. He also celebrates the positive qualities of only children and how to encourage characteristics like thoughtfulness, creativity, and ambition. Pickhardt sheds new light on issues that many only-child families encounter, such as:
-attachment problems
-conflicts between only child and parent
-performance anxiety
-unusually high personal expectations
-feelings of entitlement
-problems with risk-taking
With a distinctive focus on long-term effects, this book will help refine and improve daily parenting methods. Parents will welcome these insightful guidelines for the formative influence they wish to provide.

  • St. Martin's Publishing Group; March 2008
  • ISBN: 9780230610910
  • Read online, or download in secure ePub format
  • Title: The Future of Your Only Child
  • Author: Pickhardt, Carl E., Ph.D.
  • Imprint: St. Martin's Press

In The Press

“Austinite Dr. Carl E.Pickhardt tackles the job of parenting only children in his latest book. He lays to rest many myths and negative stereotypes surrounding these children and focuses on understanding how this unique situation shapes a child's personality and future. Each chapter explores the ins and out of a particular trait associated with only children -- willfulness, ambition, responsibility, possessiveness, sensitivity, anxiety, and others. This book is a must-read for any parent who has an only child, whether by chance or choice.” —Texas Family

About The Author

Carl E. Pickhardt, Ph.D. is the author of popular parenting titles including Keys to Successful Stepfathering, The Everything® Parent's Child to the Strong-Willed Child, The Everything® Parent's Guide to Positive Discipline, and The Connected Father (Palgrave Macmillan). He lives in Austin, Texas.