Time magazine has done a fascinating article on the increasingly popular choice of having only one child. For now Remy is an only child, and time will tell if he remains one, but it is good to know that a lot of the negatives associated with being an only child are bogus.
"No one, Falbo says, has published research that can demonstrate any truth behind the stereotype of the only child as lonely, selfish and maladjusted. (She has spoken those three words so many times in the past 35 years that they run together as one: lonelyselfishmaladjusted.) Falbo and Polit later completed a second quantitative review of more than 200 personality studies. By and large, they found that the personalities of only children were indistinguishable from their peers with siblings."
I'm especially compelled by the sobering cost associated with raising a child - $286,050 by the time they graduate from high school. Does that mean that two children would cost a family $572,100? How is a family supposed to pull that off while paying a mortgage, contributing to a 401k, and saving for college tuition? This is definitely something I will be wrestling with over the next several months.