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Published: Thursday, March 28 2013 7:25 p.m. MDT

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Johnny Moser
Thayne, WY

Sadly, the day will come or maybe it already has, where the people we meet are shocked and amazed that someone chose to have more than one or two children. I have lived in China now for almost 2 years and some of my expat neighbors have 2 or more children. The look from the "locals" is amazement and envy. Many of the older generation remember when more than one child was normal - it is not now.
What happens when the USA has a self-imposed one child policy? From my experience here in China the results will be more devastating than anyone can imagine. Hopefully we will see a change in focus among the "entitlement generation" that will cause a reversal in this trend. I personally doubt that it will happen as the future looks bleaker each day for the next generation. The search for happiness isn't found from what I have or where I can go but from how can I give.
The family is a means of happiness that exceeds the costs and inconveniences. I hope that the "entitlement generation" might learn that lesson before it is too late.

raybies
Layton, UT

Johnny: having lived in seattle area, that's already the case. having 5 kids was mind-boggling to most people I met.

DenMom
Corvallis, MT

Same in Montana - four or five kids is seen as crazy! And sadly, sometimes the moms with a lot of kids seem that way. Around here, you have two maybe three but parents give their whole life and all your attention to them which seems like a good thing. It's hard to be at every soccer game when you have six kids.

ParkCityAggie
Park City, Ut

I think I jumped into the Hot tub time machine and ended up back in 1950!

annewandering
oakley, idaho

DenMom
Corvallis, MT
Same in Montana - four or five kids is seen as crazy! And sadly, sometimes the moms with a lot of kids seem that way. Around here, you have two maybe three but parents give their whole life and all your attention to them which seems like a good thing. It's hard to be at every soccer game when you have six kids.

This is something I wonder about. Is it that healthy for parents to treat children as if the world revolves around them? It does not. Is it possible that this is where people are getting the idea that the world owes them? Perhaps if they learned to share and work together in a family instead of always having parents run them all over the place as if the parents were their servants the kids might grow up to be more unselfish?
I can see why parents treat their child as so 'privileged' when they only have one or two. Parents are still at the kids are toys stage. Have five and the children learn to interact in helpful ways with others because its necessary for a sane household.

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