I met someone last week who had a daughter. She said, “Is Nick your only child?” “Yes,” I replied. “Do you want more?” she asked. My first thought was, “Here we go again!” I said, “Well, we did, it wasn’t our intention to only have one, that’s just how it has worked out. We are coming to terms with it.” Then I found out she only wants the one, but is being harassed by people wanting to know when she’s having the next one.
It was refreshing to meet someone who only wanted one child. They’re fairly rare I find!
Today, as I was hanging out the laundry and thinking of the next load that needs to be done, I wondered how mums of 2, 3, or 7 (Naomi!) manage to keep on top of it. It got me thinking of a mental list as to what benefits there are to having only one child. I thought I’d share them with you. Feel free to add your own reasons!
1. Laundry! 3 people is hard enough to keep up with, without adding more!
2. You get your life (and body!) back much quicker.
3. You only have to experience child birth once.
4. Grocery bills are smaller. Let’s face it, ALL bills are smaller!
5. Family baby sitters are easier to secure.
6. No fighting over who’s turn it is with the iPad (and not having to buy multiple gadgets).
7. Only one lot of homework to worry about.
8. No mini-van needed!
9. Noise level is always at a minimum. No fighting or screaming kids (generally). This is reinforced 2 days a week when I pick up a friend’s son from school. They can be pretty rambunctious and I find myself wanting to hide in my room and give them free reign of the place. Maybe I just wasn’t cut out for multiple kids.
10. Only one set of grandchildren to share yourself between (hopefully AND eventually – in no rush at all to get to that point yet!)
Disclaimer: I think there’s a lot of reasons to have 2 or more kids, too, but I don’t, so I’m not going there. This is as much to convince myself as it is to convince anyone else.
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