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More Parents Are Choosing Only To Have One Child

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For some people, having a big family is the dream. Back in the day you’d hear about people wanting to get married and have 2 or 3 kids, a white picket fence and the whole works. Some families want even more children, choosing to have a whole brood of little ones to fill the house with noise. But these days, there is a new trend when it comes to family planning- it’s known as “One and Done”.

“One and Done” refers to when people have one child, and decide that’s good enough, there is no need to have any more children. According to Statista, the birth rate in the U.S. has gone from 2.5 children in 1970, to 1.9 in 2018. People seem to be simply having less kids, and there may be a few different reasons for that.

In a piece for Parents Magazine, writer Sarah Cottrell examined the different factors which may be influencing the lower birth rate we are seeing in the modern era. This includes things that help prevent pregnancy in the first place such as access to birth control, and also specific reasons that people are choosing to have fewer children. Things like mental health, and having a negative experience of new parenthood due to postpartum depression or other struggles are cited as reasons that some may choose to forego having another child.

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Other reasons noted are more based in practicality, including worries about finances, and worries about the future, given the very real problems that exist when it comes to the environment and stability of natural resources. In truth, there are a great many completely valid reasons why people would be content with just "One and Done".

Ultimately, whether a family chooses to have one child or ten is their own business. However it is interesting to note that that choice seems to be shifting towards a preference for a single child household. It just goes to show that there are so many factors that can influence how family planning works, and we are certainly in a time where one child can feel like more than enough.

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