In economics “diminished returns” is a phrase referring to a decrease in marginal output following an increase in production. This is a fine term to keep in mind when producing goods, but maybe also for (re)producing babies? In The Case for the Only Child - Susan P. Newman argues just that, taking a position that a one child family can optimize the happiness and well-being of, not only the child, but the parents too. Additionally, Susan addresses the myths and stigma associated with the lifestyle and argues against the traits pop-culture has attributed as being typical of an “only.” She’s on the show today to talk about just why only one child may rule supreme. Is having just one kid the way to go? Or do you feel otherwise?
Susan P. Newman, Social psychologist and best-selling author