"One and Done" is the cover of the latest issue of Time, and it is all about how more couples are choosing to have only one child. The article aims to prove that only children are not spoiled or unhealthy or anti-social like many people have thought for years. It shows that couples are making this decision for practical reasons, and their kids will turn out great. Thus, the idea that only children are spoiled brats throwing tantrums as teens or the weird kid in your science class who got straight As but never seemed to wash his hair or the one with no friends because he can't relate to anyone besides his parents, is not accurate.
I was particularly interested in this story because I have relatives and friends who are only children. And I think they turned out just fine. In fact, I can see why some couples today might want to have only one child. You can better parent one child because you have more time for him or her. With the demanding jobs most of us have, multiple children would make it harder to balance work and life. Frankly, in an economy as damaged as ours, one child is less of a financial obligation than multiple children. Still, it's not the right choice for any of us. As the oldest of three, I think multiple kids is just fine, too. The point I take away from this is that couples have to decide what works best for them and their lifestyle. What do you think?