Big Families Rock!

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There has been an increased “public shaming” of couples who have chosen to have big families. Media has been promoting an “ideal” family size of only 1 to 2 children, and more than that has been frowned upon in many countries.

Though this push for a decrease of children has had adverse effects. Such as in Japan where there is a drought of young people. The East Asia Forum writes about how Japan is dealing with the situation: “Seike suggests a number of measures: increasing the fertility rate (though the impact will be lagged a couple of decades); increasing the participation of older people in the active workforce (though the structure of pensions and mandatory retirement encourage them to stay out of the workforce); and expanding childcare and other benefits to young people with the aim of lifting female participation in the workforce. Lifting migration (a difficult sell in Japan) might be another.”

Other countries have resorted to drastic measures to turn around their populations. Quartz writes: “Finland gives away a maternity package of various warm-weather clothes, pajamas, and books to families of newborns—or a cash grant of €140. And Singapore has just announced that every baby born in 2015 will get a small bag of gifts, that could include a baby sling, sippy cup, and a diaper bag—people are still voting on what items they want in the bags. (The Singaporean government says the gifts are for celebrating 50 years since the establishment of Singapore, not necessarily boosting birth rates.)”

In Britain, there has been a change as big families has become a status symbol. From Daily Mail: “The trend for middle-class couples having larger families seems to coincide with a growing desire for a rural idyll instead of hectic city life. Where once it was deemed that poor people lived in the country and the rich in the cities, a rural life is now seen as aspirational and I can see that having lots of children is part of that. (Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3204000/Big-FAMILIES-new-status-symbol-s-not-just-parents-Benefits-Street-affluent-having-mega-broods.html#ixzz3mN5k7PLy )”

And here in the Philippines, our very young population is a blessing especially to the economy. No matter how much media and government tries to quell the population through contraceptive methods. From the Manila Bulletin: “The large number of youthful Filipinos will be a key factor for long-term economic growth prospects, according to the report “Population Aging Will Dampen Economic Growth over the Next Two Decades” by global credit watcher Moody’s Investors Service. The Philippines is among 23 countries classified by Moody’s under the “not-aging category” from 2015 until 2030, which means that the share of elderly population to total number of people will be below 7%.” (Read more at http://www.mb.com.ph/information-young-philippine-population-boosts-economic-growth/#pGWJiVsmGO6bzveD.99 ).

Big families not only rock, but they help keep the country afloat. Let us be proud of them!

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