Having one kid is more common than ever – so why do negative stereotypes about the ‘only child’ still exist?

There are many possible reasons why ‘triangle parents’ only have one child, whether by design or circumstance. Yet this doesn’t stop questions and assumptions being made

Nearly half of all families in the European Union are raising one child, according to census data. Photo: Getty

Kayleigh Dray

Europe now has some of the highest rates of one-child families in the world — and it’s a trend that’s only expected to continue.

In a compelling exploration of family dynamics across the European Union, a recent study has revealed that nearly half (49.4pc) of European families are raising just one child, reflecting a significant shift in family structures.