Originally Posted by UUMom
Misery knows no family size boundaries. We could all tell horror stories about what we've seen in other people's lives. :LOL
Originally Posted by boomingranny
if you replace yourselves (i.e., 2 kids) you are not adding to population explosion. If you have more than 2, you are adding to the increase of world population. Not a judgement, just a little factoid.
Originally Posted by EnviroBecca
Reasons to stop at one:
*We feel very fulfilled and satisfied as a family now.
*Statistically, only children fare as well as or better than children with siblings. (See the book Maybe One by Bill McKibben.)
*Pregnancy was rough on me, and I can't imagine getting thru it while caring for a toddler/preschooler.
*We like being able to get into sync w/his current stage without simultaneously trying to enjoy a totally different stage w/another kid. (I am a Brownie leader, and as much as I enjoy being w/kids that age, I do find it harder to really get into stuff w/them now that I'm caring for a baby.)
*I want to continue my career. The cost of daycare for two kids would make my continuing to work financially absurd.
*My partner is an only child and loved it.
*Although I have a sibling and I love him and he shaped my life to some extent, I don't feel that his existence is crucial to my happiness and "rightness" in life.
*We are concerned about population growth.
Originally Posted by JBaxter
We have 3 boys. 13,10 and 18months. We just found out #4 is on the way. I have been getting ask by so many people "were you trying for a girl" quite honestly I have the best 3 boys anymom could hope for and if this baby is like them I am blessed. BUT this is it. I will be 38 this year and we are happy with our family.