More than being puzzled, though, it saddened me. I know our children pick up on our attitudes towards things, so I know that this is a consequence of many being opposed to larger families (though I don't consider three children to be a large family). It's not uncommon to get comments about "having your hands full" if you're out with three or more children. In fact, I think I've gotten that comment even when out with just my two children; I know I've gotten that comment when taking my two children plus a friend's child somewhere.
As annoying as it is to encounter that attitude among adults, it's heart-breaking to encounter it among children. For one, it is their attitudes that will shape the generation following them, since their children will watch them. We're already seeing a growing trend in child-free experiences - will that continue or worsen if our children are picking up on this attitude?
I think this can also tie in to my previous post. As a society, we tend to look only at the negatives associated with children, instead of realising how much good and fun also go along with having these children. In my opinion, the more the merrier. Or if that reason is insufficient, one can always look at economy professor Bryan Kaplan's book Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids (note: I've not read the book yet, but I liked what I read in the excerpt, and I've heard good things about him).
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