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Bryan Caplan

Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids

by Bryan Caplan

Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids

Bryan Caplan

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Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids explains how parents have allowed modernity to take the pleasures out of family life, and why they should feel no guilt over choosing a low-stress method of parenting instead.

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Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids

by Bryan Caplan

Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids

Bryan Caplan

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Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids tackles some of the big parenting mysteries of modern life. If being a parent is as stressful as everyone says, then why do so many keep doing it? If it's so wonderful, then why are fewer people becoming parents and having fewer kids?

Economist Bryan Caplan argues that, when it comes to happiness within families, too many parents are getting it wrong. Many parents choose to have too few children, usually for bad reasons like the short-term unpleasantness of infants and toddlers, or because they worry that the world is dangerous and the future is bleak.

But if you like children and the idea of having a big family, you shouldn't let overblown, short-term concerns outweigh the huge pleasure that you could get from enjoying your family later in life.

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"Parenting is stressful, but most of the stress is unnecessary. Parents can have a much better life without disadvantaging or endangering their kids."

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