Second Thoughts: On Having and Being a Second Child

Second Thoughts: On Having and Being a Second Child

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A lovely, searching meditation on second children - on whether to have one and what it means to be one - that seamlessly weaves pieces of art and culture on the topic with scientific research and personal anecdotes

The decision to have more than one child is at least as consuming as the decision to have a child at all - and yet for all the good books that deliberate on the choice of becoming a parent, there is far less writing on the choice of becoming a parent of two, and all the questions that arise during the process. Is there any truth in the idea of character informed by birth order, or the loneliness of only children? What is the reality of sibling rivalry? What might a parent to one, or two, come to regret?

Lynn Berger is here to fill that gap with the curious, reflective Second Thoughts. Grounded in autobiography and full of considered allusion, careful investigation and generous candor, it’s an exploration specifically dedicated to second children and their particular, too often forgotten lot. Warm and wise, intimate and universal at once, it’s a must read for parents-to-be and want-to-be, parents of one, parents of two or more, and second children themselves.

ISBN: 9781250787866

Published Date: January 1, 2020

Publisher: Henry Holt & Company

Language: English

Page Count: 182

Size: 8.50" l x 6.00" w x 1.00"