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World, prepare to meet your future master: the only child

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allhappyfamiliesarealike Tue 03-Sep-13 16:32:50

Saw this quote, kindly supplied by ChunkeyFicken, on another thread. It's from an article in The Times written by Janice Turner who says that onlies will be the norm in the future and ends with

"We will be left populated by the most independent, self-reliant, focused and inventive citizens yet born. World, prepare to meet your future master: the only child."


Please note: I'm posting this in the One Child section of MN for the benefit of families with, erm, one child who will not be having more kids. It is not intended to invite others to tell us that our onlies will be lonely and burdened with us in old age. I just thought the quite was good smile

BrianTheMole Tue 03-Sep-13 16:37:22

Your child will be lonely and burdened with you in old age.


allhappyfamiliesarealike Tue 03-Sep-13 19:26:06

Maybe, Brian, but she won't have to split her inheritance with squabbling siblings wink

Pocket1 Tue 03-Sep-13 23:58:21

And she will be the focus of all your love and attention. smile

SquidgyMummy Wed 04-Sep-13 00:15:58

IS it this article?
I don't have times subsription - is it too long for a nice person to cut & paste?

allhappyfamiliesarealike Wed 04-Sep-13 06:56:21

No, Squidgy, it's a current opinion piece


MyBaby1day Tue 10-Sep-13 02:56:37

I AM your Master!! ha ha grin. Like it!!.

sewingmummy Mon 30-Dec-13 18:30:40

I saw that by piece by Janice Turner about how wonderful it is to have only one child & how most of Europe have dwindling birth rate...Russia and other countries even offer financial incentives to have more children.

But as I was reading it, I kept thinking in the back of my mind that I read an article by a journalist, in the Times magazine begging people not to have one child and that she had been desperate to produce two children so they didn't have to endure the childhood she had...

But I couldn't for the life of me remember if the two articles were written by Janice Turner...SquidgyMummy has just confirmed what I had been thinking...

So why is Janice Turner blatantly contradicting herself - or am I being dim here?

sewingmummy Mon 30-Dec-13 18:32:32

Oh and BrianTheMole, the legal battles and fall-out my Father had with his 4 siblings over inheritance put him in a early was horrible to witness and sadly, not an isolated incident & probably repeated in many, many families...

HappTeeNewYear Mon 30-Dec-13 18:33:22

Because she was paid to do so, sewingmummy.



sewingmummy Mon 30-Dec-13 19:45:14

yep, you're absolutely right HappTeeNewYear!

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