MEET THE FAMILIES
Are one-child families really that different than other types of families? That's what award-winning filmmaker and journalist Michelle Cove, mother of one, set out to discover. Given that one-child families are the fastest-growing family type in the U.S., the UK, and other countries, it's a question on the minds of many. Join Michelle as she meets three very different one-child families to discover the one and only thing they have in common, and what all of us can learn from them.
Phil & Lisa
PHIL, 29, was born to mom Lisa when she was 17. It was Lisa who raised Phil, given that Phil's father left the house when Phil was five, and under quite unusual circumstances. Lisa is admittedly over-protective of Phil, after spending so many years "just the two of us against the world." A grown man now, Phil struggles to figure out his complex relationships with his parents, while Lisa strives to find ways to let her son go. Will she able to do it? And, if she does, what will that mean for their relationship?
Nick, Amy, and Jennie
JENNIE, 19, was adopted when she was a young girl by Nick and Amy, and the three have always been super close. But this year Jennie is off to college, and each family member has to figure out what this means for the family dynamics. How often will they see each other? What's too much, and how do they strike a healthy balance? It's emotionally challenging for most parents to watch their child leave the nest. What does it mean for parents of one, and is there a way to make it easier?
Nick, Leslie & Jonathan
NICK, 14, is the son of Leslie and Jonathan. Although this married couple is used to being deemed "selfish" for choosing to have one, the reality is that they have devoted countless hours to supporting their son's passion for numerous sports. Now Nick wants to apply to boarding school so he can play sports competitively--and Leslie and Jonathan have complicated feelings about this. Will they let him go, and what will their choice mean for them?