Category Archives: Family Size

Only Child: Why We Only Want One

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I am the mother of one perfect daughter. She’s pretty, sweet, intelligent and a handful. My little girl just had her first birthday, and I can’t imagine a happier occasion — celebrating a year of being the mother to the most incredible being this world has known. Unfortunately, my joy in being a mom is […]

The ChildFREE (Hate) Movement: Childless By Choice

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Childfree. A clever appellation for a group of people who are “childless by choice”, the term conjures up happy associations with words like “carefree” or “worry free”. On the surface (that is, in the carefully chosen words on the front pages of their websites), this childfree movement appears calm and rational, even reticent, in the […]

The Mixed Emotions of a Vasectomy

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The instant my kids lost their baby pudge – friends thought it was high time to ask, “Are you having more?” “We’re done.” Me shaking head. “Never say never,” was the answer. Or, “That’s what I said.” This from my neighbor, who patted the head of her third child, a newborn, and laughed at me. […]

A Jealous Brother’s Maturation

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Could I really blame my oldest son for resenting us for bringing home this wrinkled crying alien, who happens to look at lot like W.C .Fields? After all, my son was used to having us to himself, and we did talk the whole “little brother” event up and made it seem like more of a carnival […]

Will having two children change me?

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The other day I received a phone call at the office. “Honey,” the voice said, “we did it. I’m pregnant.” Fortunately, the voice belonged to my wife. She had discovered while sitting at work that she had miscalculated her period date and was actually three days late. Rushing home for lunch, low and behold the […]

Spinach and Birth Control

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My wife and I have what can be considered by today’s standards a large family — five kids, instead of the two-point-three that most of our neighbors have. It’s something we’re proud of — people are always awestruck when we tell them. “Five kids?” they gasp. “I’ve got my hands full with just two!” Or […]

Everyone’s Opinion

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Deciding to have a child is certainly one of the biggest decisions that a person will ever make in their lifetime. Few, if any, decisions have the same impact on your life that bringing a child into the world does. But deciding to have a child is only the beginning of the decisions and uncertainties […]