How many is too many?
Tue Jan 27 2009
When I came across this picture online, I thought about the interview Time Out Kids just did with the Duggar family (after LOLing and forwarding it to all of my coworkers, that is). The Duggars are the family pictured in the photo. In between giggles, I couldn't help but wonder: How many kids are too many? I have mixed feelings about raising such a large family (the Duggars have 18 children, the youngest born just last month). On the one hand, my own sister has four kids and her household is often always a zoo; I can only imagine the chaos caused by 18 children. Can the parents really provide adequate attention to each child? Will they be able to fund all of their futures? And an even bigger question: What are their motives behind continuing to procreate? On the other hand, there seems to be a whole lot of love in that family. I may not agree with all of their beliefs or values, but when I watched Jim Bob and Michelle with their children on TLC's 17 Kids and Counting, I felt an empathetic sense of awe. Clearly they put their kids' well-being above everything else, which can't be said for a lot of other parents. Sure, there may be more competition for attention, and certainly more obstacles to overcome, but there's also 18 times the compassion, support and guidance. And whether you're raising one child or 50, isn't that what being a family is really about?Share your thoughts