There's an odd phenomenon being reported in tony enclaves across the country: highly educated, highly compensated couples popping out four or more children--happily and by choice. In Loudoun County, a suburb of Washington, four-packs of siblings rule the playgrounds. In New York City, real estate agents tell of families buying two or three adjacent apartments to create giant spaces for their giant broods. Oradell, N.J., is home to so many sprawling clans that residents call it Fouradell. In a suburb of Chicago, the sibling boomlet is called the Wheaton Four.
Of course, big families never really disappeared. Immigrants tend to have more kids, as do Mormons, some Catholics and a growing cadre of fundamentalist Christians. But in the U.S. today, the average number of children per mom is about 2, compared with 2.5 in the 1970s. While 34.3% of married women ages 40 to 44 had four or more children in...
I'm glad the heathen writer keeps Christians and Catholics as two separate groups. The "fundamentalist" label is misleading, however, as it implies that a Christian may reject sound doctrine and still be a Christian.
I'm also perturbed with this distasteful quote: "children per mom," which is typical antichristian speak today where the father is basically a nobody. I guess there's so much emphasis on the mom because the State is truly fulfilling the role of father.
Gil Rugh wrote: The Man as Father Obviously, if I am going to be a husband, I will most likely be a father. This comes up early in Genesis (see Genesis 1:28). Colossians 3:21 says, ‚ÄúFathers, do not exasperate your children, that they may not lose heart.‚ÄĚ As a father I am responsible for my children. My wife is the despot of the home, but as a father I am responsible to develop a right and biblical relationship with my children. I am not to provoke them lest they become discouraged.
Nice to see that there are oases of normal family developement within the vast social desert that I've been experienceing here in this country since my youth (resulting from divorce, role-diffusion, over-population fear- mongering, etc.)