eight is enough?
July 27, 2006 7:04 PM Subscribe
How big should a family be? What's relevant when undertaking your family planning?
posted by wilful to Human Relations (66 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
This is not a question with cut and dried answers, but I would like to know what are the relevant or material factors that you think should be considered when you're discussing potential breeding with your life partner.
How many is the right number of kids (assuming > 0)? 1, 2, 6? We've got one and are debating a second.
We talk about:
* sibling relationships (number one having a brother/sister)
* having a 'spare' (if number one turns out to be a turd)
* the concept/visualisation of 'family' being multiple kids ('one for each of us')
* single child syndrome
* environmental impacts and consumption of first world people - a clear moral imperative to not breed any further
* $ costs in both raising kids (bigger car, bigger house!) and lost earnings
* time for our relationship as adults (not just tired and stressed parents)
I'm very interested in hearing your reflections, wisdom, experiences, studies proving or refuting any points made, whatever you've got.