Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids

I haven't read this yet - but I want to:

Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids

The Author is Bryan Caplan:
Bryan Caplan is a Professor of Economics at George Mason University and a blogger for EconLog, one of the Wall Street Journal’s Top 25 Economics Blogs. His first book, The Myth of the Rational Voter, was named “the best political book of the year” by the New York Times, and made the Financial Times list of the Best Books of 2007.  Caplan's writings have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal. He lives in Oakton, Virginia, with his wife and their three children.

this is the "about" bit:
We've needlessly turned parenting into an unpleasant chore. Parents invest more time and money in their kids than ever, but the shocking lesson of twin and adoption research is that upbringing is much less important than genetics in the long run. These revelations have surprising implications for how we parent and how we spend time with our kids. The big lesson: Mold your kids less and enjoy your life more. Your kids will still turn out fine.

Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids is a book of practical big ideas. How can parents be happier? What can they change—and what do they need to just accept? Which of their worries can parents safely forget? Above all, what is the right number of kids for you to have? You'll never see kids or parenthood the same way again.

But really - I just like the title.  I have a lot of kids because I like having them - birth control really isn't THAT expensive or that hard to get right?  I  mean really.  And so - this title flat out cracks me up.   And then once I get around reading it I may very well need to have a copy on me at all times so when the next person asks are they all yours?  With that, you are insane, tone in their voice, I can simply smile and had them a copy.


FoxyMoron said...

Do people really say that? "Are they all yours?" I love that.
I might have to get a copy of that book in light of my own parenting dramas of late.

Marydon said...

So where was this book when we needed it?!

Have a lovely week ~

5 Day GIVEAWAY, take a peek