You know, sometimes I think it's easier to just take care of one, but it is nicer to have two so that they can keep each other entertained and the one child isn't always relying on the parents to keep him/her entertained.
I have four children: 8 year old twin girls and two boys who are 10 and 18. Growing up as an only child, my house was nice and quiet and always clean. I always wanted siblings until I got to be a little older, then I appreciated being an only child. It's much easier for parents to provide for one child than it is for more than one.
I am very happy I had my children, but for 8 years until my second son was born, I only had one child and life was -- well, it was much different.
Some people make comments when a couple chooses to only have one child, but I can tell you first hand that being an only child is not a bad thing. I wasn't spoiled or any of the negative things people say about only children. In fact, I don't mind one bit not having siblings.
I don't think either way is better for parents. I think there are pros and cons to both. It is what's best for you as a person, the father, and the financial situation.
I hope that helps. : )
It depends on each person's situation. In my situation, having 2 kids made things more balanced. Parents of 1 child, don't have the same perspective. In my experience, they tend to think their child is usually right about most things. Once they have 2, you realize that every child is different (good and bad). I know that the day we brought home our second child, we really felt like a family. I didn't expect to have that feeling but most parents I know say the same thing. All that being said, if you feel like you only want one child, that's perfect too.
Two kids are better if they are close in age. That way they have a constant playmate and do not grow up lonely. My daughter is an only child and she has always wished for a sibling.
I have only one child, a 13 year old boy. I would have definitely liked more children but it wasn't possible, so sometimes you don't have a choice! I do wonder what it will be like for my son as an adult without brothers and sisters, I have one sister and two brothers whom I would really hate to be without.
I have 3 children, two of them are now in school so it is often just me and my toddler hanging out. So I kind of get a glimpse into both worlds. It is 100 times easier to go places with just one child. However, just hanging out at home requires more work on my part. This isn't a bad thing, I get a lot of great one on one time with him. But if I need to clean or get something done, I find myself wishing the other two were home to entertain him for me. Luckily for me all three of my children get along great so when they are home together they play really well and I can get most of the stuff on my "To Do" list done. My husband and I both come from families of 6 kids, I LOVED growing up in a big family. Even now I like the noise and craziness that comes with having 3 young children.
But everyone is different, I have many friends who are very happy and fulfilled with one child. And their children are amazing and have definately benefitted from the one on one time.
I had two children, mainly because it is what I always wanted. I felt that my first child was quite lonely and it certainly helped when my second daughter came along.
I feel its nice to have 2, as kids grow its nice for them to have a sibling to share times with as well as sharing those times with their parents.
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