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Posted by SALVE (Questions: 22, Answers: 10)
Asked on March 14, 2017 1:00 pm
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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!
(Sasha UK at March 22, 2017 5:30 pm)
That doesnt seem very hopeful or solution focussed Sasha. Never give up until it is over. There is always hope of change and improvement.
(John Uganda at March 26, 2017 4:57 pm)
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)
(Mary (Ireland) at March 29, 2017 8:19 pm)
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.
(Steph UK at March 30, 2017 11:02 am)
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.
(Steph UK at March 30, 2017 11:05 am)
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
(lvan [uganda] at March 30, 2017 11:44 am)
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!
(JoSheffield at March 30, 2017 11:54 am)
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.
(Andrew, Wales at March 30, 2017 12:10 pm)
Unfortunately, it’s a man’s world, I wish self defence classes for women could be taught when they give out contraception.
(UK bomb at March 30, 2017 12:14 pm)
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.
(brenda (uganda) at March 30, 2017 12:15 pm)
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.
(Steph UK at March 30, 2017 12:18 pm)
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
(leah (uganda) at March 30, 2017 12:22 pm)
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.
(Steph UK at March 30, 2017 12:26 pm)
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.
(Anna at March 30, 2017 12:30 pm)
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.
(Ellie, CSC (UK) at March 30, 2017 12:55 pm)
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Gender is also related – some families want a male child, so will continue having children until they have a boy. What can we do to address this?
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Posted by Ellie, CSC (UK) (Questions: 0, Answers: 1852)
Answered on March 30, 2017 1:19 pm
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Should it really be about reducing family size? How about just educating people about their current family? I don’t think we should dictate how many children people should have.
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Posted by Anna (Questions: 0, Answers: 1852)
Answered on March 30, 2017 12:42 pm
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People should not go by religious norms and values where traditional thinking links prestige to having many children and it is the children who suffer as a result.
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Posted by Emma, Uganda (Questions: 0, Answers: 1852)
Answered on March 30, 2017 12:19 pm
Yes, children should only be had because they are wanted and can realistically be cared for properly. Not because of some religious or cultural idea. People need to think about why they are having children.
(Steph UK at March 30, 2017 12:29 pm)
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People should be sensitised about planning for their families before deciding how many children they should have
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Posted by Emma, Uganda (Questions: 0, Answers: 1852)
Answered on March 30, 2017 11:55 am
Also, people should be sensitised about how to take responsibility for the children they do have.
(Ibra, Uganda at March 30, 2017 12:13 pm)
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Once women gain access to education and good jobs, fertility falls all by itself
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Posted by Mel Bartley (Questions: 0, Answers: 1852)
Answered on March 30, 2017 11:26 am
Why do you think better education is the key to reducing family size?
(Anna at March 30, 2017 11:27 am)
But what comes first, the chicken or the egg? Does education and good jobs lead to reduced population or does reduced population ensure that you are more likely to be able to afford an education?
(Da Man, England at March 30, 2017 11:42 am)
What is meant by education? let’s clarify this… do we mean educate on reproductive health and family planning in community workshops or broad education more generally in schools?
(Steph UK at March 30, 2017 11:45 am)
I agree that education is one of the key issues to reduce on the size of the family because when one goes to school, she takes more time at school and is also taught about family planning is exposed to many things and become more responsible reproduction.
(ashiraf k (uganda) at March 30, 2017 12:07 pm)
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Different people can manage to care for different family sizes well. For some parents one child is enough and they feel they can give him or her enough care. For others 4 children is the right amount. I think its about being realistic about the time, money and resources you have to give to your family. So I think we need to forward plan and be honestly self aware about the number of children we can care for to the level of care we think they deserve.
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Posted by Nicola (UK) (Questions: 0, Answers: 1852)
Answered on March 30, 2017 7:28 am
i agree with Nicola and also knowing your responsibility as the one taking care of the family
(leah (uganda) at March 30, 2017 12:25 pm)
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Regarding size of family; it depends on family to family and society to society, whereas the idle size of the families will be 4-5 members (mother, father, daughters and sons). Because the small size family can manage basic needs to thier children easily than the big family. The small family can also send the children in school regularly. Parents also care their children properly in a small family, whereas in the big family, the parents could not manage time properly to care the children and allocate the resource properly.
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Posted by Krishna Nepal (Questions: 0, Answers: 1852)
Answered on March 30, 2017 7:06 am
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When people have education they can have more options in life and they can think about how much time, money they have for the needs for their children and one important thing is the love and atention that children need.
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Posted by Martha Ecuador (Questions: 0, Answers: 1852)
Answered on March 30, 2017 6:40 am
I think with education, you develop the ability to stick up for yourself and your rights, when you know what they are and how to fight for them. Once you have the ability to fight for your rights, you can be assertive and thus assert your right to options in life such as family planning.
(Andrew, Wales at March 30, 2017 11:54 am)
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This question has lots of answers and all of them are right. But the most needed is ensuring good friendship between the parents and the children they get. This helps because if parents are in good friendship with their children, they will always put their children’s needs first before theirs. this means that they will have not to produce other children on the expense of others thus minding on the ones they have. But if the two are not tight buddies, they can produce others for the sake of fulfilling the parents’ need forgetting the needs of the children
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Posted by Sam (Uganda) (Questions: 0, Answers: 1852)
Answered on March 27, 2017 2:15 pm
Could you be friends with 12 children if you had so many Sam? Its easier to form friendships in smaller numbers
(Stephen USA at March 29, 2017 7:47 pm)
You love your family, you don’t need to like them!
(UK bomb at March 30, 2017 11:12 am)
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The answer to this has to start with Education – education about the cost of bringing up a child and the importance and value of investing time and resources coupled to access to free and reliable family planning information.
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Posted by Lis (UK) (Questions: 0, Answers: 1852)
Answered on March 26, 2017 5:47 pm
Education doesnt stop people from doing things that are bad for them or we would have stopped some risky behaviours like drug taking. There is a mindset change needed too about the family size that is good or else your education will land on deaf ears
(Sarah (Canada) at March 29, 2017 7:48 pm)
Children should also be educated by their parents when they are growing up about the impact of having too many children.
(Mike, Uganda at March 30, 2017 11:19 am)
Encourage parents to join family planning methods
(Denis, Uganda at March 30, 2017 11:36 am)
We should also help families understand how to manage their family and best care for them.
(Ivan, Uganda at March 30, 2017 12:11 pm)
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Our planet is running out of resources but as people we selfishly keep producing more children to add to the burden. There will not be space for any other living creature and when all the trees are cut down our children will also die. What is the answer? Child quotas of 1 per family? Sterilisation?
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Posted by Zues USA (Questions: 0, Answers: 1852)
Answered on March 21, 2017 5:12 pm
If you choose to sterilise yourself thats ok but no one should be forced to be sterilised – that can never be a solution.
(Jessica UK at March 22, 2017 4:40 pm)
What if sterilising some people means that humans can continue to exist but without it we die from over consumption of resources. A few people suffering for the greater good. Is that ok?
(Dan UK at March 22, 2017 5:47 pm)
There is a statistician in the UK that believes populations growth globally is actually slowing, Europeans for example are on the decrease. It may not be as desperate as we think.
(Anonymous at March 30, 2017 11:15 am)
an alternative to restrictions would be better education on parenting so that people know what it involves
(ReTrak charity at March 30, 2017 11:37 am)
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Care for properly has several aspects – there is time to give to them, money to give to them and love to give to them. Without having enough of these you should not be having children. Can you really have enough time, money and love to properly care for 12 children? I don’t think so
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Posted by Fabienne France (Questions: 0, Answers: 1852)
Answered on March 19, 2017 2:49 pm
Maybe if you don’t work you can have enough time to care for 12 children. But then where is the moneys coming from?
(Kerry at March 21, 2017 5:13 pm)
I think if you can’t afford to feed, clothe and educate children you shouldn’t have them until you can. However I understand some women don’t have an option, so education is key!
(Hannah UK at March 22, 2017 4:38 pm)
if they have the means to look after them and give them a comfortable life, so be it. As 4 me, less than 4 works.
(Juliet Uganda at March 26, 2017 5:11 pm)
as well as being provided for, emotional wellbeing of every family member is an important consideration.
(Retrak at March 26, 2017 5:13 pm)
Time, probably not; money, only if you’re wealthy; love, yes definitely!!
(Hannah UK at March 26, 2017 5:14 pm)
I think demonization of contraceptives is unhelpful in many countries. Campaigns to promote contraception options in countries where large families are highest will be a good start.
(Da Man, England at March 30, 2017 11:19 am)
People should be taught good savings skills to enable them to care for their families.
(Brenda, Uganda at March 30, 2017 11:57 am)
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Your choice about how many children you have is much more important. Each additional child will have more impact on the environment and consume more resources. And the impact will continue for that child’s life and the lives of all of his or her descendants, so I guess as we sensitize your choice to have a family is vital…
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Posted by Solomon Uganda (Questions: 0, Answers: 1852)
Answered on March 14, 2017 1:15 pm
Do people all want to be good parents that their children admire, then having a smaller family can help
((Aphan(Kenya) at March 14, 2017 1:18 pm)
If you can afford to care for many children why not have them? But perhaps you could adopt some of the needy ones around and not produce all from your own body
(James Tanzania at March 19, 2017 2:29 pm)
We trust that the economic empowerment of families in a state of not being able to take care of their families is key. Through #familyplanning, it is advisable that they have less children for purposes of the #beststartinlife .
(Save Street Children Uganda at March 26, 2017 5:10 pm)
education gives people more choice & people delay starting their families. Of course some people just love having a big family!
(ReTrak charity at March 30, 2017 12:20 pm)
Solomon its true but again in the process you might have more children than expected. So for this when it happens i think its better you own the consequence first then plan how responsible you will be to see that your family gets enough care.
(brenda (uganda) at March 30, 2017 12:38 pm)
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Does the number of wives you have (polygamy) have an effect on this?
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Posted by Jennifer Uganda (Questions: 0, Answers: 1852)
Answered on March 14, 2017 1:12 pm
Arrest and put strict laws to all that have more than one woman
(Richard Uganda at March 14, 2017 1:13 pm)
I think as long as one can provide to all the women it is okay to have polygamy
(Hassan Uganda at March 14, 2017 1:14 pm)
Tell people the bads into polygamy
(Ibra Uganda at March 14, 2017 1:14 pm)
The government should embark on putting strong bills to their leaders who have more than one wife such that it begins with them and people can copy
(Mark Uganda at March 14, 2017 1:15 pm)
Teach that all of us are equal
(Brian Uganda at March 14, 2017 1:16 pm)
Teaching people how to behave and control their families because most men run for other women because their wives are not fulfilling what they think they want
(Lawrence Uganda at March 14, 2017 1:17 pm)
If men can have many wives is it ok for women to have many husbands? Let’s get serious people polygamy is very unequal and we need to make some changes for a better future
(James Tanzania at March 19, 2017 2:32 pm)
polygamy is harmful if it is used as a threat to control women – ’if you were a good wife you would do this..”
(Retrak at March 26, 2017 5:12 pm)
I agree with you James that Polygamy is very unequal – Women should have the same rights as men. So if a man wants to have more than one wife, his wife should be allowed to have other husbands too! Surely if you love someone enough to marry them, then you shouldn’t need to have other partners.
(Amy, UK at March 30, 2017 11:25 am)
We should encourage parents to be faithful to their spouses
(Richard, Uagnda at March 30, 2017 11:41 am)
I know many women who find polyamory freeing from the status quo. However, does polygamy mainly serve men?
(Feminist UK at March 30, 2017 11:44 am)
in most societies polygamy means many wives for one man, not many husbands for one wife.
(Feminist UK at March 30, 2017 11:45 am)
If it works and people are happy then why not We don’t need to Westernise the world.
(Feminist UK at March 30, 2017 11:49 am)
People should learn how to love, trust and be faithful to one another to help in reducing polygamy in families.
(Brian, Uganda at March 30, 2017 12:03 pm)
By encouraging monogyny, people can produce the number of children they can properly care for.
(Victor, Uganda at March 30, 2017 12:17 pm)
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Posted by SALVE (Questions: 22, Answers: 10)
Answered on March 14, 2017 1:04 pm
Sensitizing people about the advantages and hazards involved in smaller families against the bigger could help in loads
(Paul Uganda at March 14, 2017 1:11 pm)
This is good Paul but if there mind set is not changed they will always have the same direction of having prestige.
(Keren Uganda at March 14, 2017 1:11 pm)
Having a smaller family enables women to have a full and fulfilled life in other spheres of activity.
(Brenda Uganda at March 14, 2017 1:12 pm)
Sensitizing people about the good quality of childhood upbringing because children in small families can do better. There can be less sibling rivalry and a greater opportunity to develop an independent and rounded personality if all us agree to this…
(Solomon Uganda at March 14, 2017 1:17 pm)
Solo that depends on how you communicate in your family
(Viola Uganda at March 14, 2017 1:18 pm)
People should know their daily income before they start producing children
(Joseph, Uganda at March 30, 2017 11:38 am)
The government should put some strict laws into place for people who have many children
(Ali, Uganda at March 30, 2017 11:40 am)
I agree Ali. The government should put strict laws into place to prevent people from having many children they can’t care for.
(Brian, Uganda at March 30, 2017 11:53 am)
But how do you think they could control this Brian? What would the punishment be for those who had too many children? What number is too many?
(Amy, UK at March 30, 2017 11:54 am)
Solomon, I think sibling rivalry can be good! I have two brothers and we can be quite competitive, but we get on very well and this light competition makes me always aim higher. I think it’s about how your parents help you to love one another and work together healthily.
(Anna at March 30, 2017 12:22 pm)
Sensitization should be done by all authorities starting from the parents to their grown up children, church leaders, political leaders, health workers and even experienced elders such that those planning to start families get to know how to handle the size of families they desire to have
(leah (uganda) at March 30, 2017 12:50 pm)
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