Do you want to have kids? If so, why? Or, if you already have kids, why did you have them?
This is a touchy subject, and one I can’t reasonably ask most people. Those who are parents or pregnant may take offense, and most of those who aren’t generally can’t supply satisfactory answers on the spot. Either they haven’t decided, or aren’t able or willing to articulate their reasoning. In truth, it’s none of my business. So, I thought I’d ask the anonymous masses instead.
And feel free to respond anonymously–those name and email adresses boxes aren’t required. Don’t draw any conclusions about my reproductive future from this post. It’s strictly an academic exercise here.
My query is in part inspired by a discussion I had with a friend of mine, and in part by this recentish CBC article that reports that we’re having fewer children than we have for nearly a hundred years.
On a side note, there’s an egregious error in the final sentence of this article, which reads: “Italian women are the least fertile according to this statistic, producing only 1.2 babies in 2002.” The most common and biological definition of fertile is ‘capable of breeding or reproducing’. The other popular definition means ‘producing many offspring’. Clearly, when you apply a modifier to the word ‘fertile’, it must be used in the first context. That’s probably not what the writer meant.
That kind of shatters the myth about big Italian families, doesn’t it? And how come the Americans are producing, on average, 0.5 more babies than us?