Every family constellation has a different pattern, and whether you plan each pregnancy, or are surprised, most of us put careful planning into the overall size of our families. Yours may still be growing, but what's your ultimate family size plan?
You say three, but your husband says two — can a compromise be reached? Many parents have an idealized vision of what their family will look like. Those who come from large families often want to replicate the feeling of lots of siblings around them, while others hope to simplify things with a smaller clan. Before entering the world of parenthood, many couples discuss their "magic number" of kids only to find that they have different figures in mind. Are you and your partner in agreement?
Three is the magic number in Hollywood these days. While the average US household is home to 1.86 children, some celebrity parents are filing their abodes with more. Take this quiz and see just how many lil ones rule these celebrity roosts.
One is not necessarily the loneliest number. Some say there are tremendous perks to having a single child — parents can focus all their attention on that offspring and it's the economical, even green approach to building a family.
According to the US Census Bureau, women approaching the end of their childbearing years in 2004 had an average of 1.9 children, compared with 3.1 twenty years earlier. While the number of children a family decides to have is often made for them due to health issues, others make the choice based on financial factors like ability to provide the best education, world travel and overall experience for their kids.
Women who are not “going for two," often find themselves having to defend their decision to well-meaning friends and family who inquire about sibling expansion. If you are set with a single child, how have you handled the pressure? Or if you never dreamed of having just one kiddo, tell us your reasoning.
Some people dream of having a large family. Others, like the Jolie–Pitts, would be happy to build a soccer team.
I wonder what the magic number will end up being for the Duggar brood.
Fertility, age and money notwithstanding, would you wish for a big family?
In the land of the free and the brave, we are allowed to procreate (or not) until our hearts are content. It seems the trend is the more the better in recent years.
How many offspring do you want?