Battling Myths and Stereotypes, More Parents Are Choosing to Have Only Children

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According to the Pew Research Center, the proportion of mothers who only had one child doubled from 11 percent in 1976 to 22 percent in 2015.  (Photo by: iStock)

The proportion of only child families in the United States is increasing, according to a new Washington Post report. We'll talk about the social and economic reasons more parents are choosing to have just one child and we want to hear from you: If you are an only child or are the parent of an only child, what has your experience been?


Lauren Sandler, journalist and author, "One and Only: The Freedom of Having an Only Child, and the Joy of Being One"

Carl Pickhardt, private counseling psychologist; public lecturing practice, Austin, Texas

Mushtaq Bilal, Fulbright doctoral fellow, Department of Comparative Literature at the State University of New York at Binghamton; author, "One and done: Why we chose to raise an only child despite social pressure"