Anyway; I only had two in the end (both of which were born out of wedlock but she didn’t seem to mind)…those two children have three parents…those three parents have three children in total – those three children have six parents in total -(I’m including later step parents who are childless themselves). To sustain the same level of population each woman (I read somewhere) needs to have 2.33 children. In my disjointed extended child-centred family each female in our equation therefore has one child. I don’t feel too guilty as it’s a distinct downward trend and I feel justified in edging back into ranting about humans over breeding.
Of course my shining example of low level breeding was more happenstance than intent and I don’t ‘think’ I even know any childless women who remain so because of worldwide over population…at least not once their body clocks start ticking and they bow to a lifetime of not-so-subtle societal pressures.
It also made me wonder whether the modern family structure of divorces and re-marryings and children shared between households means we are ending up with fewer children per female capita or more?