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September 15th, 2012 05:33 PM #11
I love having several children, however, that is my choice. All I wish is that parents will give love to their children, whether one or 10, that each child is made to feel loved, wanted and is provided for....it annoys me when people get crazy about how many kids a person does or does not have. My one BIL and his wife plan on having no children and my inlaws are all up in arms about this, so what! They are admitting they do not want any and not bringing a child into the world that they feel will not fit with their life. Good for them for acknowledging this and putting up with everyones assumptions.
All this to say, what I choose is best for *my family* and what another person chooses is best for them, and who am I to say what another family should do, and who is anyone to say what I should do, kwim?
People also never know (unless they are close to you) what a woman goes through to have children. Infertility is horrible, I wish it on nobody and unless somebody has had this happen to them, or, knows a person who this has happened to they need to think before they speak. While I am so very lucky to have only had 1 miscarriage, I have also had 1 stillbirth and already random stupid strangers are saying things to me and my DH while we have our 4 children in tow about our family size and if they only knew the struggle to add a much wanted 5th child to our family (we had the mc almost a year to the day after our son was born dead) they would shut the heck up and consider what is coming out of their mouths. I am sorry that people feel the need to comment on your family size, I have several friends who have one child either by choice or not by their own choice (infertility) and the things they hear make me cringe on a regular basis.
Much love to you! Keep adoring your beautiful child!
Last edited by jemama; September 15th, 2012 at 05:39 PM.Married to my love since August 2001
My much loved, well thought out, chosen for meaning named crew:
Sebastian Elihu (7/02)
Bronwen Eliza (2/04)
Linus Ezra Graham (9/06)
Violet Leona (1/09)
and one named with help of nameberry, Wolfgang Levi (3/13)!
Always missing our Felix Emmanuel (10/10-10/10)
Pardon any run together words or random letters. I am almost always typing on my droid or nook, with or without autocorrect
September 15th, 2012 06:35 PM #13Proud Aussie
Mother to Miles and Jacquelyn, and Nanny to five grandchildren
September 15th, 2012 09:54 PM #15Senior Member
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I am an only child and was happy growing up. Never wanted a sibling.
My DH has a sister and he and his sister were also very happy growing up.
My point is: it really don't matter. Children are happy as long as you love them.
October 18th, 2012 02:50 PM #17
I'm really glad to see this forum. I am also an only child not by my parent's choice. All of my cousins come from large families, so when I get a new toy (ie the tablet I just bought for my birthday) or the 3,000 dollar cheerleading team I was on, they assume it's because I'm a spoiled only child. People don't know what goes on behind closed doors, such as the 1,000 dollars I pay my parents in rent a month (I'm 22) or the two jobs I worked in high school to help pay for the cheerleading.
It's always been a source of pride for my mother that I was known in school and cheerleading for being polite, hardworking and compassionate. In turn, that has helped with the snide remarks from other people about being "spoiled".
So long as you keep reinforcing in your son how proud you are of his compassion and how well mannered he is, any rude comments or assumptions will sting less and less.
October 18th, 2012 02:56 PM #19
I'm also really glad to read this, also. My parents were told to hold me back in first grade. They were "informed" that due to my younger age and the fact that I was an only child I'd be less socially developed than the other children. Funnily enough, my birthday is only the end of August, before the September cut-off. I'm 22 and never had "social-issues" through any of my schooling years, thanks very much, Principal F.