Originally Posted by AngelBee
There is no guarantee that children from a large family will have a lot of children.
For instance, a mom with 2 children could end up with 10 grandchildren (5 from each) and I (a mom of 5 so far) could end up with 6 or even less. (One child decides to not have children, 2 single children families, 2 with 2 children)
We can not see the future like that.
This whole theory is just that......a theory.
Of course it's a theory but there is actual data to support it. The population trend right now is toward smaller families in general. However, many people (not all) who have large families have religious beliefs that dictate that, which means that if their children remain part of that religious tradition (and supposing that they are fertile) they will also have a large family. Also, children resulting from a large family are more likely to have larger than average families of their own (probably because that's what they're used to). It is much more statistically unlikely for an only child (or a child from a small family) to have 4+ kids--it doesn't mean it won't happen, but it is less likely to. The issue at hand, too, is that having a large family in America is different from having a large family in Ethiopia or Tanzania or Guatamala, etc. Our culture is a "super-consumer" culture, and even living as "green" as possible we still are a huge resource drain per capita. And, then again, there is the issue of whether each resulting child will continue to live with a "small carbon footprint," and their children and so forth. And ultimately, there is only so much room on the earth for sustaining humanity. Our space is not unlimited.
I'm genuinely not meaning for this to be a post against large families--I'm just trying to say that there are real issues that need to be actively thought about. I'm trying to point out that the assertion of having a smaller carbon footprint as a large family is really an impossiblity when compared to smaller families. In the end, it is much less likely to happen.
One of the common comments throughout this thread has been "reproduction is no one else's business," but I think we're getting to a critical point in Earth's history when even this sensitive subject is becoming public interest. We need to be able to talk about this in open discourse. As I said earlier, we all share the same planet. What we do in America impacts the rest of the globe, and the same can be said for other "first world" countries. And population is an issue, and it is becoming problematic. There are environmental studies to back that up, as well as stastics, as well as basic numbers.
But, of course, we all love our children dearly and wouldn't send any of them back . . . and OP, your children are adorable and they are very blessed to have you as their mother. I dearly hope you are not offended at what I'm saying, because I'm definitely not meaning it as a slight against you personally. I don't want to be the subject of another "Polite Offender" letter.