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Homeschooling an Only Child Back to Top
Advantages of Homeschooling an Only Child
Hip Homeschool Moms
We all know that homeschooling has its advantages. But is homeschooling an only detrimental to your child’s development? I shared many challenges of homeschooling an only child as well as socialization ideas for homeschooling onlies. However, the advantages of homeschooling just one far outweigh the obstacles you have to overcome.
Can You Homeschool and Only Child?
Amy Blevins
When most people think of homeschooling, they automatically think of a large family. A family with at least five or six kids and a mom in a denim jumpsuit that has everything organized like a well oiled machine. While that stereotype still exists in some families, homeschoolers come in all shapes and sizes including a large number of families who now homeschool an only child.
Getting Your Homeschool Out of the House
HSLDA
When you’re homeschooling only one child, the house can be a little confining some days. The secret of home education, though, is that it can happen anywhere! So where are you going to take your homeschool today? Mike Smith offers a few suggestions in this podcast.
Homeschooling an Only Child
Homeschooling is a great educational option for only children! And despite the concerns about the lonely only and unsocialized homeschoolers, your only child can thrive as a student and as a person when taught at home.
Homeschooling an Only Child
Pamela Greer
Looking around at the homeschool families you know in your co-op, support group, or church, you might observe that most consist of more than one child. In fact, a 2006 National Center for Education report found that families with three or more children make up 62% of the homeschool population. If you're one of the few with an only child at home, you may be asking yourself the question, "Can I homeschool my only child?"
Homeschooling An Only Child - Part 2
Diane Allen
While the social needs of the "only" are important, there is more to homeschooling an "only" child than connecting with friends.
Homeschooling Only Child
I don't have any sisters or brothers, so I can identify with those who are homeschooling an only child. Growing up, well meaning friends and strangers encouraged my single mother to "give" me a brother or sister, saying that I was surely lonely, or destined to become spoiled rotten.
Homeschooling the Single Child
Homeschoolers report that it is sometimes more difficult to homeschool one child versus two or more children. Many parents report that it is easy to place too much pressure on a single child, as the child is the sole focus of the parent’s day. Clashes may also arise between a parent and a single homeschooler as they are together for a large part of the day. Both parents and single homeschooled children report that they sometimes feel smothered by each other. Some children also feel lonely.
Is homeschooling good for your only child?
Only Child Project
Many parents of single children toy with the idea of homeschooling their child at least once during their child’s tenure at school. The trend of homeschooling is indeed catching on with growth rate of 7 to 15 percent per year. It is estimated that there are currently two million children coming under the homeschooling program. They are reported to be performing on par with regular schoolchildren at college, universities and at work.
Only Child Magazine
Only Child is a communication tool devoted to one of the fastest growing segments of our society... only children of all ages. There are an estimated 20 million only children in the United States alone. This newsletter addresses the concerns and interests of only children, their parents, grandparents, and friends. Only Child News explores issues about raising, being and knowing an only child, and provides a forum for questions and answers. While this is not a specifically "homeschooling" magazine, it is helpful for any parent of an only child.
The Education of an Only Child
Clement Parsons
The Parents Review was a magazine that was sent to parents and teachers of Charlotte Mason's schools and correspondence-type homeschools between about 1890 and 1920. This article, by Clement Parsons, was written in 1901. It does contain some interesting ideas about raising an only child, although many concepts will be dismissed as out-of-touch with contemporary thought on the issue. Thus, it should be read in the context of its time.

Blogs about Homeschooling an Only Child Back to Top
A Dining Room Education
Rhonda Clark blogs about life homeschooling an only child.
A Learning Journey
This homeschooling journey is shared by a mom who is homeschooling her only child.
A Net in Time Schooling
A homeschool mom and her only son share their homeschooling adventure.
Ben and Me
Marcy shares her life with her son Ben, an adopted only child, who she is homeschooling.
Cabin in the Woods
Diane Knect is homeschooling an only child. Share her experiences with raising her daughter Grace in a homeschooling small family.
I Am a Princess, All Girls Are
This lovely blog chronicles the journey of a grandmother homeschooling a single granddaughter.
Our Homeschool Reviews
This blog shares the experience of homeschooling an only child.
Our Journey
Jenni Ryan shares resources and life experiences about raising a single child and homeschooling.
Ozark Ramblings
This blog chronicles the joys of raising and homeschooling an only son.

Support for Those Homeschooling a Single Child Back to Top
CM for One
CM for One (CMfor1) is a message board for families home educating an only child and using the Charlotte Mason Method.
Homeschooling Only One
HOO = Homeschooling Only One. Where a family's a family, no matter how small!© Homeschooling offers special challenges (as well as blessings) to those who have only one student. Find help and camaraderie here! We are a group of Christian homeschoolers, but have open arms to anyone who is in the same boat--homeschooling an only, a firstborn, secondborn, grandchild, etc.
HomeSchooling Singletons
Homeschooling families with singletons have issues that are very unique. Join in to offer support and encouragement to other single child homeschooling families.
Home-Schooling the Only Child
Homeschooling an only child can be quite challenging at times. This group is open to anyone for support, enrouragement and ideas for those who choose the home-schooling road for you and your child. Although they are based in NC, anyone can join for support. They have a database that you can access to see who is in your state to get together with.
Homeschooling Your One And Only
This group is for parents who are currently (or are considering) homeschooling their only child.
HOOville
Homeschooling offers special challenges (as well as blessings) to those who have only one student. Find help and camaraderie in "HOOville." HOO = Homeschooling Only One.
Onlies-HS
This list is dedicated to families homeschooling only-children. These families have unique socialization issues and must often be super-creative in their solutions. Join this list if you are homeschooling a wonderful Only.
Only One Child Homeschooling
Are you homeschooling an only child? Or perhaps your other children are grown (or infants) and there's just one whom you homeschool? Or are your other children in public or private school and there's just one at home during the day? Is there such a large age gap between your children that each child feels like an only? Then this group is for you. All homeschoolers are welcome: new, old, school-at-homers, and unschoolers.

Books About Parenting an Only Child Back to Top
  
Homeschooling and the Only Child
Lorelei Nettles
Publisher: Booklocker.com
Published: 2008
Manufacturer: Booklocker.com
  
Only Child: Writers on the Singular Joys and Solitary Sorrows of Growing Up Solo
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
Published: 2008
Manufacturer: Three Rivers Press
What is it really like to be an only child?

In this insightful and entertaining collection, writers including Judith Thurman, Kathryn Harrison, John Hodgman, and Peter Ho Davies reflect on a lifetime of being an only. They describe what it’s like to be an only child of divorce, an only because of the death of a sibling, an only who reveled in it, or an only who didn’t. As adults searching for partners, they are faced with the unique challenge of trying to turn their family units of three into units of four, and as they watch their parents age, they come face-to-face with the onus of being their families’ sole historians.

Whether you’re an only child, the partner or spouse of an only, a parent pondering whether to stop at one, or a curious sibling, Only Child offers a look behind the scenes and into the hearts of twenty-one smart and sensitive writers as they reveal the truth about growing up–and being a grown-up–solo.
  
Parenting an Only Child: The Joys and Challenges of Raising Your One and Only
Susan Newman Ph.D.
Publisher: Broadway
Published: 2001
Manufacturer: Broadway
Is it possible to raise a contented only child? Can we be happy with only one child? The answer to both of these questions is a resounding yes.

In recent years, the number of couples choosing to have one child has risen sharply. Whether it's by choice or fate, having a single child presents unique considerations, opportunities, and advantages. Social psychologist Susan Newman, who has been studying single-child families since the 1980s, shatters the myths of the lonely, spoiled only child, and provides in-depth coverage of the critical issues including:

• Making the right family size decision for you

• Withstanding the pressure to have another

• Maintaining a balance of power in a three-member household

• Single-parenting the only child

• Setting boundaries with a child who is used to having your undivided attention

• Fostering high achievement, creativity, and independence in only children

• The effects of having parents, instead of siblings, as role models

• Confronting age-old only-child stereotypes

• Building family networks and other support systems for the future

Presenting fascinating findings and family stories, Dr. Newman shares her knowledge and gives down-to-earth advice, making this the most accessible, up-to-date handbook of its kind. For couples who are already raising an only child, or for those who are exploring the option, Parenting an Only Child offers encouraging clarity and singular insight. Now with a new resource section.
  
The Future of Your Only Child: How to Guide Your Child to a Happy and Successful Life
Carl E. Pickhardt
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Published: 2008
Manufacturer: Palgrave Macmillan
One-child households havedoubled over the last two decades making it one of the fastest growing family units in America. Expert Carl Pickhardt aids families in understanding the common traits of many adult “onlies”--like shyness, perfection, and intolerance--so that they can better prepare for potential outcomes. He also celebrates the positive qualities of only children and how to encourage characteristics like thoughtfulness, creativity, and ambition. Pickhardt shed new light on issues that many only-child families encounter such as:
-attachment problems
-conflicts between only child and parent
-performance anxiety
-unusually high personal expectations
-feelings of entitlement
-dependence
-problems with risk-taking
With a distinctive focus on long-term effects, this book will help refine and improve daily parenting methods. Parents will welcome these insightful guidelines for the formative influence they wish to provide.


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Our Top Picks
Homeschooling and the Only Child
Lorelei Nettles
 
The Future of Your Only Child: How to Guide Your Child to a Happy and Successful Life
Carl E. Pickhardt
 
Parenting an Only Child: The Joys and Challenges of Raising Your One and Only
Susan Newman Ph.D.
 
Only Child: Writers on the Singular Joys and Solitary Sorrows of Growing Up Solo
 
 
 
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