(Closed) Fun poll: How many kids

posted 9 years ago in Parenting
  • poll: Assuming you get the genders you are aiming for, how many kids total do you want?
    I do not want any kids at all : (14 votes)
    8 %
    1 : (15 votes)
    8 %
    2 : (72 votes)
    39 %
    3 : (51 votes)
    28 %
    4 : (25 votes)
    14 %
    5 : (1 votes)
    1 %
    6 or more : (4 votes)
    2 %
    I'm going to use the rhythm method so only God knows : (3 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 47
    3575 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    If we have any…just one. 

    Post # 48
    529 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Hubby wants triplets. I would feel blessed with on at this point !

    Post # 49
    299 posts
    Helper bee

    We’ve agreed that we want between 2 and 4, depending on how hard pregnancy is on me.  At least 2!

    Post # 50
    4137 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    i want 3! fi says 2, and then if we have an accident that would be okay 🙂

    Post # 51
    2865 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    My husband wants 2 boys (because he always wanted a brother) but I want at least one girl so based on that = 3.

    My family was perfect because there were 2 boys and 2 girls so everyone had a brother and a sister.

    Post # 52
    3563 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I would love 3, Darling Husband wants 4-5 (hahahha yeah right, 5 is NOT going to happen). So I would say most likely 2-3, unless we have all girls….in which case MAYBE we would try for a 4th. But 4 kids in NYC is pretty uncommon (not to mention insanely expensive…)

    Post # 53
    35 posts

    I want four…but Boyfriend or Best Friend will only compromise with 3. But I don’t want to have an odd number of children. I’m one of four and an even number has always been a good thing. Boyfriend or Best Friend is one of three. So I think we might each be biased.

    I’m not really worried about the number, I’m just happy that he wants to have children with me one day!

    Post # 54
    3613 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    These polls always surprise me with the number of kids people want. It must be a cultural difference between the US and the country I grew up in that I never noticed before. Does anyone know what the average family size in the US is? Where’I’m from, I don’t know a single person in my parents’ generation or mine who has more than 2 children, at least in a big city. I thought first maybe it’s because we’re a less weathly country and people can’t afford more kids. But on second thought I don’t think it’s economical, because where I’m from only the less educated and the less affluent rural folk tend to have more kids.

    Post # 55
    5092 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011


    I don’t think these answers are representative of the number of children people actually have in the US.  According to the 2000 US census, families with children under the age of 18 typically include 1.8 children total. http://www.census.gov/population/socdemo/hh-fam/tabST-F1-2000.pdf  So, assuming that some of those families had grown children as well as minor children, it’s safe to surmise that the mean number of children is around 2. 

    This is purely anecdotal, but I’m an only child (30 years old), and almsot everyone I knew growing up had either one or no siblings.  Frankly, reading through these answers surprised me too! I wouldn’t have expected 4 or more kids to be such a popular answer. 

    I won’t really know until I have a child, but I imagine that I would like one or two.  I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t want more than two – I don’t have that kind of stamina! 

    Post # 56
    2402 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I want 2, my fiance wants 1. Hopefully we’ll have two kids!

    Post # 57
    10363 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    1 or 2. Gender won’t be a deciding factor, since we can’t have more kids than we have money/room for. With a 3-bedroom house going to $600,000 in the bay area where we are moving, we certainly won’t be having more than 2!

    Post # 58
    7776 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    2 biological children. Beyond that, I would love to adopt children/teens. I have always kind of help the philosphy of “Why have a bunch of kids, when there are already so many without parents.”

    Post # 59
    2280 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    @meliss: In my family, the average is 3-4. I’m one of five (four girls and a little brother…poor guy, haha), with a lot of cousins. That doesn’t make us uneducated or less affluential (or the usual implication: poor and dumb), that’s just how it is. We like having larger families. Though it is becoming more and more unusual these days to have more than two kids.

    Post # 60
    1806 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I’d like two, he wants 4. So maybe we’ll meet in the middle with 3?

    My mom’s current husband has 10 kids. All from the same dad/mom, all one after another. My mom has 3 of her own…so it’s 13 kids/step-kids. OH HELL NO. Never, ever, ever.

    Post # 61
    923 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    We’ve pretty much agreed on 2, but theres a part of me that wonders if I would want 3.  I guess we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it…  🙂  I’d really like to have one of each gender.

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