Many single-child parents face a dilemma: whether or not to have a second child. Because there are no other children in the family for an only child to associate with, he or she might feel lonely at times. Besides, it is often reported that an only child may be more spoiled than one with siblings. A single child will not easily learn to negotiate with others, leaving the child less capable of interacting well with people his or her own age.
However, for some single-child parents, particularly those with busy careers, the pressures of devoting time and energy to a second child can seem too overwhelming. For other parents, the financial burden of having a second child may be the prime consideration.
Advocates of single-child families argue that there are advantages for both the child and the parents. With just one child, there is less potential for family arguments arising from favoritism. Moreover, the parents can give, and the child can receive, more quality time and attention. This often leads to increased self-esteem and confidence.
Unfortunately, there is no simple answer to the question. The circumstances affecting each set of parents are unique, and what is appropriate for one family may not be for another.
What is this passage mainly about?
(A)The challenges parents face in child-raising.
(B)The pros and cons of having a second child.
(C)Parents’ roles in children’s development.
(D)The growing concern about the declining birthrate.