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We cant make people have the small family size so we might as well give up that the world is now doomed!
That doesnt seem very hopeful or solution focussed Sasha. Never give up until it is over. There is always hope of change and improvement.
I like being part of a big family. Even though we didnt have a lot of money growing up we had a lot of adventures and family support (7 child family)
I agree with the comment about planning, I think judgements about family sizes are unhelpful. The important thing is giving families information and options so they can choose how many children they have and when in order to make plans about how they are going to care for their children.
Crucially, I think it’s also about empowering women to make their own choices about their family planning. Introducing women to options so they feel they have control over the situation and their bodies. There are no right or wrong answers in a debate like this, merely being comfortable with the decisions you make.
we can do this through counseling and guiding especially the youths and those planning to form families such that they can decide on the number of the children to produce
How do you know how many children you can care for, until you have them? Perhaps you can only answer that question when you have ’enough’. But then you need easy access to contraception and it would help if using contraception was acceptable in your social environment, especially your home. Perhaps spacing children out is helpful too, so you have time to recover in between, perhaps that makes you better able to care for your children? And finally, maybe knowing that you will be well cared for in your old age might make a difference to your decision about how many children you have. Or if one of your children is disabled, knowing that this child will be well cared for when you can’t do it anymore might also make a difference to your decision about having more children or not. That’s a long answer! I hope you don’t mind!
I agree about the number of children being related to care in old age. If your state doesn’t make any prevision for the elderly then you will very likely want enough children to look after you in your old age especially as life expectancy for your children may not be high, you want to give yourself the greatest chance possible of some of them surviving to look after you.
Unfortunately, it’s a man’s world, I wish self defence classes for women could be taught when they give out contraception.
i think its all about someone being responsible in the first place because a person can have a small family lets say two children but can not take care of them even when he is working but then another person can have a big family and can take care of them equally.
At some of the reproductive health clinics I’ve visited in Uganda, Christian conceptions of morality informed advice on contraceptives and in some ways that limited the access to contraception. Whilst the religious charities do good work, I wondered if these particular clinics would be more effective if they were run by secular charities.
this is really a very important concern about the size of the family one can take care of because if one can not take care of his or her family, we increase on the number of homeless children, violence in the home due t poverty, literacy also increases and so many negative situations that come up when the family is not properly care for
I agree with Brenda, it depends on circumstances, a child can be neglected even if he/she is an only child, whilst someone may have 7 kids and be completely devoted to them.
Leah, I agree with you that having large families can lead to problems in different societies. However, I think people should be allowed to have as many children as they want and that it is faults with the state if children become homeless. The state should have measures that educate people and, if people are struggling to support their family, provide help.
Education is critical. A lot of people think that bigger families mean more wealth and that population growth is always a good thing. Even the President of Uganda thinks so! http://mobile.monitor.co.ug/News/Big-population-good-for-devt—Museveni/2466686-3132894-format-xhtml-14p449q/index.html People need to be educated about the costs of having a big family. In particular, we need to focus on educating and empowering women and girls, so that they have the knowledge and the capacity to make the right decisions for themselves and their families.
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