HOW TO HELP YOUR ONLY (IF SHE’S LONELY)

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An only child is of­ten in the com­pany of grown-ups. Pos­si­bly, an only child’s op­por­tu­ni­ties for see­ing other chil­dren come in the form of the “lit­tle em­peror” be­ing carted off to child-cen­tred, struc­tured and fo­cused ac­tiv­i­ties for her ben­e­fit (not yours). The danger is that she thinks her needs are more im­por­tant than yours. She could also be miss­ing out on the rough-and-tum­ble of play­ing freely in a pack of chil­dren – and pick­ing up a few so­cial skills in the process. Amelia, a sin­gle mother of one, re­serves Fri­day nights for “date night”... with a dif­fer­ence. Once a week, she and sev­eral sin­gle-par­ent friends meet in in­for­mal “sup­port groups”, where they make din­ner and have wine, and the chil­dren free-range around them. Such a sys­tem can be a life­saver for adult-starved sin­gle par­ents and childs tarved sin­gle kids.

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