Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids by Bryan Caplan
Why Being a Great Parent is Less Work and More Fun Than You Think

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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.

 

About Bryan Caplan

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Bryan Caplan is a Professor of Economics at George Mason University and blogger at EconLog, one of the Wall Street Journal's Top 25 Economics Blogs. He lives in Oakton, Virginia, with his wife and their three children.
 
Published April 12, 2011 by Basic Books. 240 pages
Genres: Parenting & Relationships, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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The Cato Institute's Caplan (Economics/George Mason Univ.) begins by speculating that it’s selfish not to have children: “To deny the gift of life to a child who would have made your life better is a tragic missed opportunity.” The author, himself a father of three, seems unduly worried that woul...

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Analyzing scads of research on the effects of nature and nurture in child-rearing, he determines that, as a matter of both time and money, "children cost far less than parents pay, because parents overcharge themselves."

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Library of Economics and Liberty

When I was a kid parents let you roam free all day after school and guidance was primarily 'do as I do' whereas now you start your kids in soccer at 5, a musical instrument at 10, and a dozen extracurricular activities until you find one they like.

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yes, there will be things they like that you don't, either because -shock, horror - they're kids, or - sharp intake of breath - they're not you.

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