After making her first documentary Seeking Happily Ever After Michelle Cove understood the blood, sweat, tears that go into taking on such a project. She vowed she was done with films—unless something truly irresistible came up. Then the idea struck: Michelle, mom to an only child by choice, became fascinated by the world of one-child families, the fastest growing family type in the U.S. (She is filming only in the U.S. but plans to seek international distribution.) So once again, Michelle picked up her video camera and started shooting her next feature-length documentary Rise of the Onlies (www.riseoftheonlies.com).
In this feature-length film, Michelle will be exploring what stereotypes of only children still exist, why they persist, and which can be debunked; what, if any, generalizations CAN be made about only children; and how others can understand what is quickly becoming the “new traditional family.” By following three diverse one-child families, she will show some of the main concerns and issues that these families face, including the external pressure to have more kids, the resistance to confrontation felt by many only children, the need for parents of only children to encourage independence, etc.
She is also collecting informal research from adult only children and parents of only children, which is where you come in.
According to Michelle, there will also be an educational component to the film, and it’s important for to go beyond the formal research to hear what’s on the minds of this demographic. What specific topics would YOU find most helpful? Michelle hopes you will share your own story or perspective in order to add to her research. Visit www.riseoftheonlies.com using the contact form on the website.
“I will say this,” says Michelle, who has received over 100 emails so far from parents of onlies: there is definitely a desire among one-child families to show that these kids are NOT the ‘lonely misfits’ they’re still portrayed as. I am excited by the opportunity to change the perceptions and assumptions people have around onlies and the choice to have one.”