• When people talk about children, they always refer to "having kids." No one says: "Get married and have a kid." The idea seems to be that children come in groups of two or more. But many couples are going against the grain and having just one child—and they are happier for it.

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  • Things are different today than they were in previous generations. The "village" that a couple needs to raise a child without losing their sanity has pretty much disappeared. Modern parents are expected to do it all themselves. It is much easier to be an amazing parent to one child versus multiple children.

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  • The price of raising a child is exorbitant, and there is no sign of any discount coming in the future. Having one child tends to be more economical and can help avoid financial strains that can cause problems in a marriage.

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  • You know that idea that only children are spoiled, bored, and lonely? Yeah, that's a myth. Studies have shown time and time again that only children are not any lonelier or more spoiled than their counterparts with siblings.

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  • Parents who have one child tend to be happier—especially moms. Moms still shoulder the bulk of the child-raising burden. With one youngster, a mom isn't spread too thin, and she can truly enjoy the child she has. She can also enjoy more of life outside of motherhood. It is the closest thing to "having it all" that a parent can ask for.

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  • More couples are ignoring societal pressures. In the past, parents felt like they had to have more children to give their singletons "the sibling experience." Now, instead of idealizing larger families, couples are being practical. They are realizing that another child means double the cost, care, and resources. Instead of dividing themselves among multiple kids, they are focusing on one.

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  • An only child is better for the planet. Overall, family sizes are getting smaller. This is a good thing! Overpopulation has a hugely negative impact on the environment. Save the planet by having a single child.

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  • When you have one child, you will have more resources to give him opportunities. Having only one child can mean that he won't be paying off his student loans until he is 35. One child means that your kid can enjoy multiple extracurricular activities instead of you having to delegate among two or more children.

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  • Ultimately, it is your choice whether or not you have another child. If you want to give your son or daughter a sibling, then that is great. If you prefer to have one child only, then that is fine too. Just know that you are doing the right thing either way.

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