So I was driving my squad home two nights ago and sitting in a bit of traffic. As usual I was switching radio stations. If there is no music I keep switching. I rarely ever listen to the discussion styled shows.
As soon as I heard “how many children should people be allowed to have” – my antenna went up and I listened in. Brother Dan was doing relatively well at some point and had 7 children. Hard times have come about and brother Dan can barely feed the kids one meal daily. Should there be a law like what they had in China to limit the number of children people can have?
What is the effect of folks having more kids than they can educate and care for? Our society is currently a keg of gun powder waiting to explode given the high rate of youth unemployment talkless of underemployment.
Callers called in to express their opinions
Caller 1(male): Brother Dan is careless why does he need 7 kids? I asked my wife to give our 2 kids age gap of 2 years.
Caller 2 (female): the woman lacks self esteem and ambition. Why is she having so many kids? There is free family planning so why is she having so many kids? Doesn’t she have dreams to work and build herself? Having kids takes a lot out of women.
Caller 3 (male): he should send some of the kids to go and be househelps. You can’t regulate how many kids folks should have.
Caller 4 (male): Nigeria should have a welfare system where such kids are taken away from Brother Dan and catered to by the state.
My Opinion: folks need to sit and calculate the true cost of raising kids properly. In this environment that one needs to give their kids extra advantage as much as possible. Meaning education is probably the biggest ticket item of things to do. And why create so many mouths to feed? I understand that children are emotional currency but frankly outside of self fulfilment and the Bible saying go forth and multiply, whats the reason to have kids and more than one can easily cater for at that?
IMHO I think three children is more than enough in this day and age. We are not in a farming economy where one needs many hands. No matter how rich one is, it is also difficult to share your love and attention among 7 kids. Heck I feel drained with my two and I have as much help as I can possibly justify….and it triples the cost of running my home.
How many children should people be allowed to have? And should Nigeria have a law in place?