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It’s all about the percentages

Quite often we are approached with  ” I don’t know how you do it. I thought two was a handful.” In fact I was approached with that exact statement today. Well we have had a lot of time to think about this and how we are not overwhelmed, oh and btw at times we are quite overwhelmed. None the less, how can you go from 2 to 8 kids and survive?



It is all in the percentages. When you have / adopt your first child that is huge. You have gone from zero to 1, and you are not the center of your universe anymore. There are now prohibitions on travel, dates, sleep etc. etc. You get used to it and decide it’s not so bad. Then you decide to have another, you go from 1 to 2, that is a 100% increase, a substantial change. Twice the poopies, pukies, and problems. This intimidates many because it was such a dynamic change, and they think there is no way they can go any further.



But let’s say you do not want to be average, you want more than the 2.5 national avg. so you make the leap for a third. Now you go from 2 to 3, a 33% increase, substantial, but not nearly as significant as 100%. You find it is easier than you anticipated and you have had practice, so now you know some tricks, shortcuts, and you are anxious to correct all the mess ups you made on the first two; so you go for four because even numbers are always better. This time it is only a 25% increase, almost nothing, in fact you almost don’t even notice that you have another kid.



You see how the math works, and so by the time you get to your 8th child, that is only a 12% increase, and by then the older ones can help out with much of the workload. So the more you have the less it actually affects you.


Now that I have shared the ancient Chinese secret of big families ( and yes I am aware they only have one child each) I expect to see all of our faithful blog followers doing their part to add to our tax paying base and shoot  for at least double the national average. 



3 responses

  1. LOVE THIS BLOG! Probably my 2nd favorite ever … 2nd only to the David & Goliath post 🙂 I can’t wait to discuss this logic with Ty! ~ he’ll be so excited and totally relieved of ALL fears about adding to the fam 🙂

    April 15, 2009 at 10:23 pm

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