Is it wrong to want an only child?

In this clip from This Morning, Ruth and Eamonn are joined by two mums with very different views on family size, to discuss whether choosing to have an only child is wrong.

Mum of one Samantha Lenihan, described as the epitome of family planning, was sterilised at the age of 30. Tara Howard has four children and believes that having only one child is unfair. She believes it’s selfish not to give an only child a sibling arguing that the bond they will have throughout their lives can’t be replaced.

They also discuss the expense of childcare costs for big families compared to those with a single child, the support siblings can give each other and whether having more than one child means having the share between your children.Have these issues impacted your own decisions on the amount of children you are having? You can share your reasons you have the number of children you do with other mums here.

See the full discussion in the video below:

Do you need support on your parenting journey?

Here at Channel Mum we support all mums regardless of how many children you have. So whether you have decided to have one child or lots of children, we’ll support you on every step of the journey, whichever route you choose to take. Please do chat to experts in our Support Groups for help, information and advice.

Is family planning something you’re thinking about?

We’ve got lots of videos and advice on trying for a baby, and information on contraception if you’re not.

Not sure what family size is right for you? Wondering if only-child syndrome really exists? Chat to experts and parents in a similar position over in our Support Groups.

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Got a favourite child? Should you admit it?

Do you have a favourite child or do you love all of your children the same? Mum of four Alisha Tierney-March recently appeared on This Morning and openly says to Phil and Holly that she prefers her third child over the others – giving her preferential treatment and showing her more affection.

Statistics mentioned on the show state that one in five mothers actually admit they have a favourite offspring – are they breaking the ultimate mother taboo? Share your thoughts on this debate in the Channel Mum Chat Groups now.

Watch more videos from Phil and Holly on the This Morning YouTube Channel.

Coping with Sibling Rivalry

Brothers and sisters fighting is something that happens to a lot of parents and it can happen for many reasons including personality clashes, resentment or even bullying at school. In these videos about siblings parents talk about how they have dealt with it and what techniques they have found helps.

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