Originally Posted by Mom2One
ETA: I guess you find it bizarre that I was shocked by the statistic, not so much by my choice. Am I right? At least I hope this is the case, since family size is an individual person's choice.
Yes, I find it bizarre that you thought 1/3 of Americans had or only wanted to have one child. I have not seen a family of one by choice in a long time and wonder where in the world you live that you have all these friends with only one child - unless it is a first child or something.
I only have one friend with one child and that is due to infertility - not by a conscious decision on their part. Thirty percent is a LOT of people! I just was not sure if you were serious or not. I read it truly thinking you HAD to be joking.
I didn't mean it as a put down and hope it doesn't sound like that at all. I would NEVER question anybody about it because, honestly, you never know if they have tried and just can't or what the circumstance. There are people that have that made that choice and that is totally acceptable.
ETA: My dh, my mother and my mil were all only children. They all wish they had had a sibling and were lonely growing up. It makes things easier when you get older, too, and have to care for an aging parent.