let's celebrate one child families

(55 Posts)
Siegrun45 Fri 23-Feb-18 18:57:36

an Albatros has one egg. It takes both parents 2 years to raise the fledgling. An elephant has one calf after a gestation period of 12 month. It takes the parents 4 years to raise it.
In the past there were many reasons why people had more than one child. Today the world is overpopulated. There are many reasons why one child families are successful.

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SundayGirls Tue 03-Apr-18 23:07:02

Um but elephants generally have single pregnancies just like most humans do, they can and so many offspring in their life. Perhaps more than most humans (6 offspring or more).

Not that they only have one offspring ever and then they're done.

Back to the drawing board eh. What will you come up with next?! I can hardly wait smile

Greenhouseonthehill Tue 03-Apr-18 23:15:22

If the world is over populated, don’t have any?

Cowsopinion Tue 03-Apr-18 23:16:43


Siegrun45 Wed 04-Apr-18 21:41:21

& albatrosses also breed more than once. The point is that they & elephants wait till the kids are grown up & can fend for themselves! Humans can't do that until they're at least 16 years old - usually not until they're 25!
Many young women flatter themselves that they can raise more than one child without any problem. But I haven't come across such a family. As soon as the second child appears, the problems come along too.
And the world IS overpopulated!!

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Mydoghatesthebath Thu 05-Apr-18 00:16:47

Don’t be silly op. We had 6 kids snd they are all bloody brilliant adults with a lot less prejudice than you seem to feel.

They all pay tax too so will help keep you in your old age.

Crack on chick

Summerisdone Thu 05-Apr-18 00:38:31

There's absolutely nothing wrong with having just one child, but also there's nothing wrong with have multiple or even none.
What's with the self congratulatory "how great am I, I've chosen to have only one child so I'm not over populating the world" bullshit about?
Also, you couldn't have come across many families at all if you've never come across one that can raise more than one child without problems hmm
My DM has raised 5 of us without problems. I've got just the one child (and likely will stay that way), and I believe I'm just as good a mum, but certainly no better than my own, simply because I haven't contributed to the over population like she did.

ALemonyPea Thu 05-Apr-18 00:41:13

And cuckoos don’t even stay around to see their eggs hatch. What are you suggesting we celebrate there?

LilQueenie Thu 05-Apr-18 00:52:43

Yes lets celebrate one child families and forget China. hmm

LilQueenie Thu 05-Apr-18 00:54:37

As soon as the second child appears, the problems come along too.

So you are saying that all twins are failures.

AsTheMilesTheyDisappear Thu 05-Apr-18 00:54:39


AsTheMilesTheyDisappear Thu 05-Apr-18 00:55:57

I think lots of people are grateful for the fun and support that comes with having siblings.

One dc can be pretty lonely.

Noqonterf Thu 05-Apr-18 00:56:55


TheJoyOfSox Thu 05-Apr-18 01:02:23

How about ‘Let’s celebrate other adults that make the right choice for them, not what somebody else thinks is the morally superior correct option’

I knew all my life that I wanted to be a mum and I wanted at least 2 children.

TellOutMySoul Thu 05-Apr-18 01:05:42

There are lots of reasons someone might choose to have just one child.

But fgs don't pretend world population comes into it. Does anyone seriously not try for a second because there are already enough people around? 😂

Siegrun45 Sat 07-Apr-18 04:37:34

Whenever did I say that kids from big families can't be brilliant? I'm one of nine and see me!

I'll answer all of yous in good time. But first the most irrelevant : the cuckoo is forced to leave it's egg because of the way it has to develop the next one. They'd get in each other's way.

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SundayGirls Sat 07-Apr-18 09:23:54

This is the sort of stuff my 13yo niece comes up with. Not the topic matter itself, but the somewhat illogical and confused "arguments" (if you can call them that).

(No need to answer this in good time btw, it's not required).

LibbyBrown Sat 07-Apr-18 10:58:12

Yes, they are ok but I didn't enjoy being an only child.

I also think there is a political agenda to push this. Same like here in China x

Siegrun45 Sat 07-Apr-18 22:40:46

Today I wrote about China. It reduced the population, increased wealth all without a war. The population was not happy because they believed that the SONS must look after the aging parents. We put our parents into homes...

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FingerlingUnderling Sun 08-Apr-18 22:19:28

Famine & government sponsored murder also controlled population in China.

I only have one child and we're all happy with that. The trouble with over population is, yes it's a thing globally but it impacts locally. Therefore in some countries such as Germany, an aging population with lower birth rates is a possible precursor to an economic crisis. Low birth rates in Denmark which has a population of 5.5m mean economic issues which they are trying to avoid through government backed initiatives to encourage procreation, particularly in rural areas.

vampirina Sun 08-Apr-18 22:24:24

We will likely be a one child family. Nothing to do with over population or elephants though.

I think one person's lonely is another person's crowded. Essentially families come in all shapes and sizes which is a great thing.

I often worry about what is right for our family in terms of having another baby or not and clicked on this thread thinking it might be a positive one.

At least it's been amusing, albeit truly bizarre.

Siegrun45 Mon 09-Apr-18 09:39:44

You're right , vamp, it's distressing for me how much hate appeared. Why can't people just think about these things rationally?
I'm especially upset with these governments who encourage extra birth. What's wrong with encouraging more emigrants? If you could look at your DNA you'd find that we're all one family anyway.
The other thing about old age is that as robots are getting more sophisticated we won't need a lot of workers in the distant future anyway.

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grasspigeons Mon 09-Apr-18 09:45:48

I think when the babyboomers reach the end of their natural lifespan we will see a big population drop anyway

then my generation will die a bit younger as we all ate too much

SoupDragon Mon 09-Apr-18 09:46:23

it's distressing for me how much hate appeared. Why can't people just think about these things rationally?

You clearly can’t.

SoupDragon Mon 09-Apr-18 09:47:51

The point is that they & elephants wait till the kids are grown up & can fend for themselves! Humans can't do that until they're at least 16 years old - usually not until they're 25!

That’s because of society, not biology. We keep our children dependent on us for an artificially long time. Trying to make comparisons to other animals is utterly ridiculous.

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