Uncategorized / 10.28.2011
The Price of Progeny
Can too many children ruin a marriage?
During a recent family fun day, hundreds of children scampered happily across the grounds of Temple Israel in West Bloomfield — some romped in giant bounce houses, others shrieked with joy on carnival rides. Attentive parents chased little ones from the food tent to various attractions. Moms and dads stood in line with their children, snapped photos, pushed baby strollers, carried cranky toddlers, took kids on potty breaks and even managed a few meltdowns.
Randi Manson of West Bloomfield was a real trouper, running alongside her 4-year-old daughter, Ava. Manson, 31, is eight months pregnant with her second child, a boy. “I want to have three children,” she says. “We’ll see what happens after this one, though, realistically. I’ve heard it’s harder to go from one to two — so, we’ll see.”
To some, it may seem “the more the merrier” should be the rule-of-thumb when it comes to having children. But Dr. Alan Singer, a New Jersey-based researcher, family therapist and author of the self-help book, Creating Your Perfect Family Size: How to Make An Informed Decision About Having a Baby, says, “Not so fast!”