December 07, 2004

The Natalists

People who have enough kids for a basketball team are too busy to fight a culture war.



In some ways, a bigger family means less work for mom and dad, because the children tend to, by necessity, become bigger helpers in the family. One child takes all a mother's time. Two children can play and fight with each other. Three children or more, and yes it is craziness; but the older ones, expecially when they are significantly older, become responsible for the younger ones---watching one child while mom deals with another. Sometimes this can have a negative effect; Natalist giving birth to children who want one or two children at most--the rigors and responsibilites of a big family causing them to take the opposite position. Not always, but I've seen it happen with other families and I wouldn't be surprised if it happened with my family as well.

Posted by: Rachel Ann at December 8, 2004 02:04 AM

Man, glad I only have 8! But I forget how many constitute a team.

Posted by: Melissa at December 8, 2004 01:51 PM

Um, only five, Melissa...

Thanks for the link to the article. It's a good one. (We should have moved out of the NW sooner. Too late for me: I'm 51.)

Posted by: Patricia at December 9, 2004 12:30 PM

Five? I'm used to the lame comments about a baseball team, thinking along the lines of nine. But 18 guys on the basketball court would be a bit heavy-handed, eh?

Time for a nap! And good thing I don't take myself too seriously, hhmmmm?

Posted by: Melissa at December 9, 2004 04:14 PM