One Is The Loveliest Number

One Is The Loveliest Number

Lately, we’ve seen several bloggers waxing rhapsodic about the glories of having two, three, four, even more children. As moms of singletons, we thought we’d extol the many virtues — as we see them — of the Single (Child) Life.

(Special thanks to Jenn Rose of Something Clever 2.0 and occasional SOP guest contributor for contributing her two cents!)

1. You always know who broke it, spilled it, scratched it.

2. When you’re done with diapers, you are DONE with diapers.

3. You’ve always got one hand for the kid … and one hand to carry all the crap you need for the kid.

4. Your living room only looks like an F-1 tornado blew through it — rather than an F-5.

5. You only have to keep track of one set of permission slips and homework assignments.

6. You can always get seats together on a plane.

7. You never have to figure out how to be at a soccer game, dance recital and dentist appointment at the opposite ends of town … at exactly the same time.

8. You always know who the socks belong to.

9. You will never need a minivan.

10. You only have to rent a bounce house and buy crappy plastic party favors once a year.

11. You are never outnumbered.



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  1. Loved the minivan part and that one always makes me happy that I only have two, because I swore I would never be a mini-van or soccer mom. Well, my girls start summer soccer for the the first time this upcoming weekend. One out of two isn’t bad, lol!!

    • Norine Dworkin-McDaniel :

      I know! So far I’ve held out against both those things, but my son really wants to play soccer this year!

  2. Those are all good reasons – I have 3 and I definitely have a hard time keeping track of things. Not to mention that my husband and I frequently miss someone’s weekend game because two of us can’t be in 3 places at once!

  3. I have a Single and give a resounding YES to all those reasons!

  4. The minivan statement alone is the perfect reason why it’s so fun just to have one!!!

  5. I would add the lack of bickering between siblings, only having to shop for school clothes for one doesn’t break the bank, only having to plan one college fund, no fighting over who gets to watch their favorite show – gets the best Christmas presents – gets the car on Friday night.

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    • Norine Dworkin-McDaniel :

      Awesome! And I CANNOT wait till the wee one is old enough/big enough that I can trade in my sedan for a coupe! Thanks for stopping by. Hope you’ll come back often!

    • Norine Dworkin-McDaniel :

      Those are awesome reasons too! Perhaps a part deux in the making!

  6. I figured I was safe from having to get a mini-van… until I got the dog. So I finally gave in but quickly got rid of it within a year and went for the station wagon instead. Not much better, but oh well…

  7. You are never outnumbered with one – and if they are friends with twins it is still a manageable playdate with 3 kids. I have two, but was the sister of twins and have to say that was always an issue.

    • LOL nice username, Shitastrophy!

      I just want to know I’ll get some sleep THIS decade… need that light at the end of the tunnel, bro. Also, in 17 years’ time I predict that I’ll have to sell a kidney to send my kid to college, and I can’t very well sell BOTH my kidneys, now can I?

      • Norine Dworkin-McDaniel :

        Those sleepless nights won’t go on forever … just seems like they will. You’ll sleep eventually!

  8. I love this! Do you know how much this is on my mind? I’m reading Lauren Sandler’s One and Only: The Freedom of Having An Only Child and the Joy of Being One. I’m getting set to review it soon for my blog and hosting a giveaway… I have one kid, and I go back and forth daily about whether I want more!

    • Norine Dworkin-McDaniel :

      I love the synchronicity! I was deeply ambivalent about having kids and always knew that IF I was going to do it, I was doing it once only. I’m so glad I finally took the plunge. But I am more than content with my one and only. :) (If you’d like to link to the list from your post, please feel free!) And we’re looking forward to reading your post!

  9. Great list and so true!! We talked long and hard about only having one (we eventually caved), but many of the reasons you listed were reasons we were on the fence!-Ashley

  10. This was so funny. Thank you for the great post.

  11. All excellent reasons for having one child. Except the sock one won’t work once your kid wears the same size socks as you do…then you just have to throw all the socks in a communal drawer. I have two, and I did the happy dance when I ditched the minivan and got an SUV instead!

    • Norine Dworkin-McDaniel :

      Wow! Hadn’t thought of that! Oh boy. Looks like color-coding socks is in my future! And hopefully a sport coupe!

  12. This is great! That ship has sailed for me- I have two girls and am contemplating if I need to get psychiatric help for even considering a third. Sharing!

  13. This is a great post! I love the tornado reference because that’s what my playroom looks like most of the time. We’ve decided that 2 is the right number for our little family. We always want to be able to play man-to-man defense when necessary. When you’re outnumbered, you must go to zone coverage and something always get by you! That’s my football reference for parenting :)

  14. Funny! And probably true! I will never know and I grew up as one of five. In regards to #10, if you do have two kids, it helps if they have birthdays three weeks apart. Those kids are sharing birthday parties and crappy decorations and bounce houses, whether they like it or not!

  15. This is all SO true, except for the part about the f-5 tornado, my son seems to manage that all on his own ;)

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  16. This is just what I needed to read today! Loved it and thanks for the pat on the back I needed. I have a 12 year old step daughter and a one year old baby boy. Sometimes it seems like it’s the best of both worlds. Great points, all the way around! Thanks! :)

  17. Oh, what a lovely list! I had twins first, so the debate over whether to have more than one was never an option for me. Apparently I decided that it couldn’t get any crazier than it already was and had another one before the twins were even two. I was wrong. It totally got crazier. I adore my kids and am super grateful to have all of them, but damn, you make having just one sound pretty amazing!

  18. What a great list! Having another isn’t in the cards right now, and reading this list makes me feel better about my only child. Thanks for sharing!

  19. I stopped at three kids so that we didn’t have to upgrade our current cars to something that carries more than 5 people or find a bigger house. I feel complete having three children. ;)

  20. And yet the boy is still insistent he didn’t do it. What is that? Who else broke it then? I also still feel outnumbered. I think that’s because he vibrates at a much higher speed than I do. And I have a mini-van. I have a lot of crap, what can I say. LOVE IT :-)
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    • Norine Dworkin-McDaniel :

      I know! My son also insists, “I didn’t do it. Wasn’t me.” With a straight face. Amazing.

  21. We’re in that “are we one and done?!” phase right now, so I particularly loved this! Of all the things you listed, I think the minivan one spoke to me the most. While we’re counting down the days for the lease to run out on our car so we can buy something bigger, I kind of like that I still drive a stylish sedan!!!

    • Norine Dworkin-McDaniel :

      Well, the nice thing is, once they’re older, you can switch to a coupe. I’m counting the days till I can get a sports car again.

  22. Funny list! Especially the “always know who broke it, spilled it, scratched it.” My son constantly tries to throw suspicion on his little sister but the tell-tale evidence of the empty Cheetos bag is right by his bed where no food is allowed!! Ha!
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