Only Child

Living and Learning with an Only Child 2

We are the thankful parents of our only child, a daughter who is currently eight nine ten. It was never our intention to have an only child. We always saw ourselves with at least a few children and were open to more than a few if that was how God led. Instead we experienced many years of childlessness and one known miscarriage before we finally discovered we were expecting our daughter on our ninth wedding anniversary. I had a difficult high-risk pregnancy and challenging c-section with complications afterwards. In the end, we decided that we did not want to put me through another pregnancy and so made the choice to be content with our family of three. As I’ve sought to find good information online regarding raising my only, I’ve compiled some selections here I hope will encourage other parents of onlies. Included are:

  • Books about Only Children
  • My Posts about Parenting an Only Child
  • Bloggers with Only Children
  • Only Child Jewelry (for fun!)
  • Additional Resources for Living and Learning with an Only Child
  • Homeschooling the Only Child – A Homeschool Hangout (Video)

If you know of other good resources, please let me know!

Please note: The inclusion of a book or link is not an endorsement of all its content or the content of the site on which it is found.

Books About Only Children and Parenting an Only Child

One and Only: The Freedom of Having an Only Child, and the Joy of Being OneOne and Only: The Freedom of Having an Only Child, and the Joy of Being OneOnly One YouOnly One YouThe Future of Your Only Child: How to Guide Your Child to a Happy and Successful LifeThe Future of Your Only Child: How to Guide Your Child to a Happy and Successful LifeParenting an Only Child: the Joys and Challenges of Raising Your One and OnlyParenting an Only Child: the Joys and Challenges of Raising Your One and OnlyThe Seven Common Sins of Parenting An Only Child: A Guide for Parents and FamiliesThe Seven Common Sins of Parenting An Only Child: A Guide for Parents and FamiliesOnly Child: Writers on the Singular Joys and Solitary Sorrows of Growing Up SoloOnly Child: Writers on the Singular Joys and Solitary Sorrows of Growing Up SoloThe Case for the Only Child: Your Essential GuideThe Case for the Only Child: Your Essential GuideThe Only Child: How to Survive Being OneThe Only Child: How to Survive Being OneWe're Three: A Story About Families and The Only ChildWe’re Three: A Story About Families and The Only ChildAdventures of an Only ChildAdventures of an Only ChildThe Only ChildThe Only ChildKeys to Parenting the Only ChildKeys to Parenting the Only Child

My Posts About Having an Only Child

The idea that we have an only child runs throughout my website, but these are posts specifically about parenting our only child.

Deciding to Have an Only ChildDeciding to Have an Only ChildTwo Surprising Reasons I Love the Little Bear DVDsTwo Surprising Reasons I Love the Little Bear DVDsOur Planned C-section Birth StoryOur Planned C-section Birth StoryShould I send my child to preschool ? Thoughts on education, family and community from a Christian perspectiveShould I send my child to preschool ? Thoughts on education, family and community from a Christian perspective5 Reasons Why We Love Our Homeschool Co-op5 Reasons Why We Love Our Homeschool Co-op

Bloggers with Only Children

Heather at Beauty That Moves

Joan at Our School at Home

Amy at Milk and Cookies

Jimmie at Jimmie’s Collage

Renee at Great Peace Academy

Patricia at Raising a Self-Reliant Child

Leeann at Hands-on Homeschooler

Marcy at Ben and Me

Angela at Joy Focused Learning

Tara at Vintage Sunflower Adventures

Karen at Homeschool Girls

Diana at Diana Wrote

Melanie at Homeschooling Your Preschooler

Whitney at Our Homeschool Adventure Blog

Lori at Frog’s Lilypad

Gwen at Mrs. Cool’s Little School

Denise at Simply Bubbly

Natalie at Planet Smarty Pants

Mandi at Montana Healthy Living

Rebekah at There Will Be a $5 Charge for Whining

Missouri Mama at Ozark Ramblings

Only Child Jewelry

Sterling SilverSterling SilverSterling Silver Mom and Child Diamond Drop Pendant Necklace (1/10 cttw, I-J Color, I2-I3 Clarity), 18Sterling Silver Mom and Child Diamond Drop Pendant Necklace (1/10 cttw, I-J Color, I2-I3 Clarity), 18Sterling Silver Open TeardropSterling Silver Open TeardropSterling Silver Open Teardrop with Mother Child SilhouetteSterling Silver Open Teardrop with Mother Child Silhouette1/6 ct Created Emerald Mother & Child Pendant with Diamonds in Sterling Silver & 14K Gold, 181/6 ct Created Emerald Mother & Child Pendant with Diamonds in Sterling Silver & 14K Gold, 18Sterling Silver Mother and Child Pendant NecklaceSterling Silver Mother and Child Pendant NecklaceSterling Silver Mother-and-Child Silhouette Pendant Necklace, 18Sterling Silver Mother-and-Child Silhouette Pendant Necklace, 18Mother and Child Pendant Necklace with Diamonds in Sterling Silver & 10K GoldMother and Child Pendant Necklace with Diamonds in Sterling Silver & 10K GoldSterling Silver Mother and Child a Mother's Love Heart with Cubic Zircon Pendant Necklace, 18Sterling Silver Mother and Child a Mother’s Love Heart with Cubic Zircon Pendant Necklace, 18YFN Mother Child Christmas Thanksgiving Jewelry 925 Sterling Silver Owl Necklace Gift(Owl Necklace)YFN Mother Child Christmas Thanksgiving Jewelry 925 Sterling Silver Owl Necklace Gift(Owl Necklace)

Additional Only Child Resources

My Only Children Pinterest Board

Homeschooling an Only Child: The Pros and Cons from Simple Homeschool.net

Only Children Lens on Squidoo

The Only Child: Debunking the Myths from TIME.com

What I’d Like for You to Know: The Mom of an Only Child from Rocks in My Dryer

Being an Only Child from BeingAnOnly.com

OnlyChild.com Parents of Only Children Discussion Board from BabyCenter.com

What’s Wrong With Having One Child? from The New York Times

Raising an Only Child from New Jersey Family

Homeschooling the Only Child – A Homeschool Hangout

I am a part of the iHomeschool Network. This is a hangout we did on the topic of only children.

Living and Learning with an Only Child

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  • I did not realize there were so many resources out there for parents of an only child. Also, resources on parents of an only child who home school. I am glad to find these… ๐Ÿ™‚ Is there any type of “pen pal” page out there that only children could participate in? Would it be beneficial to seek out something like that? When my little girl (almost 12 now) finds someone else that is an only…it is like finding a kindred spirit.

  • Starr,

    Thanks so much for your comment! It made me realize I really should add a list of other homeschooling bloggers with onlines. I’ve added that up above. You might enjoy the video I also added today. It was a panel discussion/hangout we did online.

    I’m not aware of any penpal pages, but maybe someone else will jump in with some info. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Thank you! I stumbled across this while on Pinterest. I am the homeschooling mama of our only, a 2 year old daughter. While I have only a few friends who homeschool, all have at least 3 children making me seem like such an oddity for “daring” to dream of homeschooling just one. Even other homeschooling families in my area have been less than receptive, some even going so far as to ask me “How will she be social enough?!” I often come home and ask my husband, “Shouldn’t they be the ones supporting us?” SO glad to have found you all here!

  • Amy,

    Welcome! I’m so glad you stopped by and left a comment. An only can be homeschooled and be social enough for whatever her needs are! As she gets older, you’ll be able to figure out more of her personality and what she needs the most. I would say it was around the time Caroline was between five and six that I really started to figure out what made her tick and how to best homeschool her. (She’s right brained which is a big factor.) Just give your little one lots of love, open-ended toys, conversation, craft items and books to read aloud. She’ll be fine and you’ll keep learning more about her.

    Please stop by often! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Thank you for putting these resources together. I have a 9 year old daughter, our only, and we have homeschooled for the last 3 years. I have a number of homeschooling friends but like most we are the only family with only one child. My daughter often feels as if she is the only one in the world without siblings. By those who do not know any better we are often asked when we will be adding to our family. It is helpful to find others in the homeschooling arena who understand the needs of a family of three.

  • Michelle,

    Welcome! I can understand what you are saying about your daughter feeling like the only one who is an only child. Whenever I see an only child anywhere (TV, books, etc.), I point it out to Caroline. She has started to realize over the past six months or so that there are many only children families out there. Please stop by often! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • So thankful for your work here, Sally!
    We homeschool (kindergarten! woo!) our only little one and these resources will be so helpful to us. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Have a wonderful day!

  • Thank you for compiling this list. I haven’t browsed through much of it but am looking forward to doing so. Even though I know others homeschooling onlies, it is hard to do when so much seems geared towards larger families. I came to *this* post through one about introversion and can very much relate to both posts. I am not actively blogging right now, but if I ever get back to that (perhaps that should be my introvert recharge time?) I would love to be added to your list!

  • Welcome, Sara and Patricia!

    Melody – I would be happy to include your blog. Just let me know if you start up again! In the meantime, I hope you will come by often!

  • Thank you thank you. Another A three person family here! Not sure what God has in store for us, but right now we’re awesome!!!

  • I am so glad I found this….I too have a 5yr old daughter….who I waited 10 yrs to have and had complications. I love the fact I have a place to go to for only children….I to am doing my 1st yr in homeschooling….started in July…we have had our ups and downs….and I questioned my ability to do this….Thanks so much for all the info.

  • Hello Sally! Thank you for putting this together. It’s nice to find so many other parents in the same situation we are. We home school our son and he is an only child. I also had a very hard time and we decided it was best to treasure him and leave it at one. Thank you for including us in your list! Be blessed!

  • Glad I found this article. We have an only child for the same reasons. She is 7 and also being homeschooled. So many resources to check out!

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