Franda Lee was delighted when her baby boy was born 18 months ago. Being of a mature age, she is sure this will be her only child. 'It is possible that he will not have as many opportunities as the kids who have siblings to learn such things as playing games or competing with each other, but I hope I can limit the adverse effects at an early stage,' Ms Lee says. 'I think it is important for me to be his friend at home apart from being his parent, so that whenever there is anything he wants to talk about, he will talk to me like he would to his brother or sister if he had one. 'I will take him to see his cousins regularly. There will be a lot of family gatherings. As he grows older, I will let him join some activities outside school, so that he can meet more children of his age. I think watching videos and reading stories to him can also help, as he can learn how other children behave in different situations.' Ms Lee does not want her son to worry about his aged parents in the future. 'Being the only child, he may think that he has the sole responsibility to look after us and I don't want him to face such pressure. As parents, we need to plan better for our retirement.' Raymond Fung and his wife have an only child who is now 18 years old. Looking back, Mr Fung wishes he had spent more time with his son as he grew up. 'He was born when I was quite young and had to build up my business. I worked long hours, and could only see him once or twice a week on average. Now he is an adult but I find that he is still immature in communicating ... As long as he can look after himself in the future, I would be happy.