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  1. #11
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    I'm a middle child, 16 months younger than my older brother and as kids we adored eachother. Both of us would gang up on our younger sister, and she was always 'left out'. Personally, I would definately prefer to have a even number.
    Caulfield, Sigourney

  2. #13
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    Ehm, no one's mentioned the car thing yet? Obviously three or five kids are what the car companies want us to have.

    I find the reasoning for having an even number weird. Food, seriously? First of all, packed lunches are great and cheap and it make sure your children get the food they like. I have never seen twinned food in my life (ok, those disgusting "sandwiches" come in twin packs, but I'd never buy that for my child). Some kids eat more than others anyway (there will most likely be an age gap!). And not all kids like to eat the same thing. You can always buy two pizzas, and I'm sure daddy won't mind eating the left over piece. Rides and trains; someone sits beside mum or dad, and one parent get some nice relaxing alone time. Some trains seat two together, some four, some five. I don't mean to be b*tchy, but I think those are weak reasons for the amount of children you're going to have. And also, I come from a three children home; we never had any problems, and my brother is seven years younger than me, nine years younger than my sister. We're all ridiculously close.

    I want five, but I'd be happy with the more realistic three or four. They'd all fit in a decent car, and I would be able to count them on one hand. Five is my ideal number because then the family would be made up of the lucky number seven!
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  3. #15
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    Quote Originally Posted by sarahmezz View Post
    Interesting question. I grew up as the eldest of two children and always thought two wasn't enough. For that reason, my husband and I plan on having three children (maybe four).
    Yeah. I feel like two isn't enough (as I was one of two) but that four would be too many. Three is the number for me I think. So odds I guess!
    ~Boys~

    Jory Leander Atticus, August Eli Benedict, Casimir Mordecai Stewart,
    Edmond John Meirion, Horatio Ethell Emery, Bram William Jasper,
    Julian Remy Charles, Vasiliy Lochlan Michael.


    ~Girls~

    Aira Rose ___, Eleni Fiorella Charlotte, Sylvia Sayuri Noor,
    Merit Eleanora Adelaide, Clover Elodie Seraphine, Bridie Scarlett Viola,
    Marguerite Cecilia Iris, Eilidh Clara Valentine.


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  4. #17
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    I don't have a preference but my husband only wants evens so that's what we're (hopefully) going to do. We currently have 2 so we might end up with 4 (but hopefully not more!). Hubby was one of 5 and haaated it but there's a lot more going into it than just the number of children, like how the parents parent, the lifestyle, etc.
    ** The opinions expressed above are not meant to be reflective of Nameberry as a whole but are my opinion and mine alone. **

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    Henry Nathaniel (3) and Julia Paige (1)

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  5. #19
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    May 2012
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    Quote Originally Posted by ottilie View Post
    I find the reasoning for having an even number weird. Food, seriously? First of all, packed lunches are great and cheap and it make sure your children get the food they like. I have never seen twinned food in my life (ok, those disgusting "sandwiches" come in twin packs, but I'd never buy that for my child). Some kids eat more than others anyway (there will most likely be an age gap!). And not all kids like to eat the same thing. You can always buy two pizzas, and I'm sure daddy won't mind eating the left over piece. Rides and trains; someone sits beside mum or dad, and one parent get some nice relaxing alone time. Some trains seat two together, some four, some five. I don't mean to be b*tchy, but I think those are weak reasons for the amount of children you're going to have.
    Lol...I didn't mean for my comment to be taken entirely seriously. That's why I scattered a few smileys throughout and preceded it with, "Honestly I don't think there are any significant reasons why even or odd would be better...." I agree that these silly reasons are nothing to base family size on, but for the sake of answering the original question, all I could come up with was the ease of fair sharing among even-numbered families. You are right though, of course, that odd-numbered families can be just as happy as any even-numbered family, and I was just having some fun with the original question.

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