Lauren Sandler, an only child and the mother of one, makes a humorous and honest case for being and having an only child. She talks to Leonard Lopate about her book, In One and Only: The Freedom of Having an Only Child and the Joy of Being One.
Lauren Sandler, journalist, and author of the Time Magazine story "One and Done" discusses the myths about only children as more parents decide to have only one child.
Over the course of modern American history, economics have played a role in the number of children parents choose to have. During the Great Depression, for example, 23 percent of families had only one child. And in our current economic recession, 64 percent of women polled by the Guttmacher Institute said they did not plan on having a child now, because they couldn’t afford to. Aside from economics, what are the benefits and drawbacks of limiting family size?