|Re: Long-Term Sustainability / on having children||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: sherylcatmom (sherylsherylhelpsanimals.com)|
|Date: Sat, 7 Jul 2007 14:43:58 -0700 (PDT)|
Racheli, thank you for reminding me about one-to-one replacement. I forgot about that concept when I was posting my question. Even though I'd prefer to see overall negative population growth, zero certainly beats any higher numbers. I admire the way you describe your conscious parenting and values-transmission through example. My spouse and I appreciated the child-rearing we saw -- and the living children themselves -- at the cohousing community we stayed at last year. I like the way you put this: > It doesn't make sense to me to say that people shouldn't have any > children, > in the same way that it doesn't make sense to me to say that people > should > have children. I prefer approaches other than "should" anyway. Sheryl --- In cohousing-L [at] yahoogroups.com, Racheli Gai <racheli@...> wrote: > > Hi Sheryl, > I have two kids, so my family's contribution to growth is zero. > (Because > my partner and I only replace ourselves). > > It doesn't make sense to me to say that people shouldn't have any > children, > in the same way that it doesn't make sense to me to say that people > should > have children. IMO people who are really thoughtful and motivated to > put > a lot of their time and energy into child- rearing are the ones who are > more likely to do a good job. > We started by having one child, and a number of years later decided that > we seem to enjoy having kids, and are fairly good at it (to the extent > that > one can judge regarding oneself...) So, we ended up having another > one, and never planned having any more biological offspring. > I made raising my kids my first priority. They were unschooled, which > means that much of my time and energy was spent on being with them, > interacting with them, facilitating their pursuit of their interests, > and so on. > > We also had a chance to model thoughtfulness in regards to environmental > issues, something which hopefully will affect how they think and behave > in the world. > > Racheli > Sonora Cohousing, Tucson
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