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Will All The Only Children Please Stand Up?

Is it just me or are people always pushing young couples for babies?!?! While we were taking Dave Ramsey’s FPU last year he talked about how our society pushes young people towards buying a house – but I honestly think the comments we’ve gotten most during our marriage is “how many kids are you going to have” and “when are you having the next one?” 

Why is it that in our society we’re constantly pushing couples to the next step? It drives me a little bonkers, but lately it’s been on my mind more often. Why? Because our only son is turning 2 in April, that’s why.

Everyone else feels its time to expand our family. The problem? I’m not sure it’s time now, or whether or not it ever will be.

The fact is, I’m not technically an only child because I gained five step siblings while I was in college – but for all intensive purpose, I’m an only child. I was already dating my husband by the time I met them, so growing up it was just me. And you know what?

Being an only child is not bad! In fact, I’d argue it has some awesome benefits and advantages over having multiple children, like gaining self confidence around adults, learning to entertain themselves & saving their parents money. I won’t lie to you, there were plenty of moments where I wish I’d had a sibling, but most of my friends that had siblings would wish the opposite at times as well. 🙂 I think its fair to say the grass is always greener on the other side. 

So where does that leave me? Well, I still don’t know if we’ll ever have another child – but I do know that I won’t be letting people persuade me by telling me how miserable my son will be without siblings, because I know from experience he won’t be! 🙂

Are you an only child or considering only having one child? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below – what are your thoughts on the topic?

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