Monday, May 9, 2011

10 Great Reasons To Have Another Child

Congratulations to the 2 Jennys, both of whom delivered happy, healthy babies with unmedicated labors. The world will be a better place with Braeden and Gracie in it! Congratulations to John and Wendy, expecting their first reversal baby this Summer!! And Congratulations to any other bloggers who are expecting or waiting to be blessed!!!

Ten Great Reasons To Have Another Child

1. Have another child to join with God in the creation of an immortal soul.

Parents are given the incredible opportunity to assist God in the creation of an immortal soul. As the late Cardinal Mindszenty said, even the angels have not been given such a grace.

“The most important person on earth is a mother. She cannot claim the honor of having built Notre Dame Cathedral. She need not. She has built something more magnificent than any cathedral—a dwelling for an immortal soul, the tiny perfection of her baby’s body...Even the angels have not been given such a grace! What is more glorious than this—to be a mother.” Joseph Cardinal Mindszenty Reason

2. Have another child to bring joy into your life.

There is no joy like the joy of welcoming another child into your life. You will marvel anew at how perfectly formed your little one is, and over how quickly you will fall head over heels in love with him. You will be enchanted with every tiny aspect of her appearance. The color of her hair, the shape of her nose, and the winsomeness of her smile will occasion endless happy debates about from which side of the family (yours, of course) she got that adorable trait.

The birth of a child will bind you to God more tightly than ever before, in awed gratitude. “She was the most miraculous thing that had ever happened in my life,” Whittaker Chambers wrote about his new daughter in Witness. And in the lives of most of us.

I thought that one day
I would be a famous artist
and create great works of art

Instead, God made me a mother,
and my children are His masterpiece.

The design of their lives
will live on after me.
What is painted on their hearts
will last an eternity
- Anonymous

3. Have another child to grown in holiness and virtue.

For those who marry and have families, children are the primary means God uses to help them grow in holiness and virtue. Children teach their parents patience, perseverance, charity, and humility. They give their parents the opportunity to practice the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. They come into the world naked, and we clothe them, hungry and we feed them. Thirsty, and we give them drink. All of the things that we are required to do for the “least of these our brothers,” we do first and foremost for our own children. St. Catherine of Siena once had a vision in which God took her to a roomful of crosses and told her to pick one. St. Catherine went to the largest, heaviest cross in the room and would have chosen it. But God told her that it was not for her: That was reserved for the parents of large families.

“Mary gave birth to her first-born son and wrapped him in swaddling clothes.” Luke 2:7

4. Have another child to help end abortion.

When Mother Teresa of Calcutta was asked by a young mother about the best way to proceed with pro-life work, she responded emphatically, “Have a big family. That is the best way to end abortion!”

How this works is not difficult to understand. As children become more rare due to contraception, sterilization and abortion, whole segments of society become less and less familiar with the sense of joy and hope that only babies and children can give. In this climate, contraception and abortion feed on themselves, as the increasingly selfish few further reduce their number.

By having another child, you demonstrate once again to the world that children are God’s greatest gifts. “Children build up the life of the family and society,” as Pope John Paul II has said. “The child becomes a gift to its brothers and sisters, parents and entire family. Its entire life becomes a gift for the very people who were givers of life and who cannot help but feel its presence, its sharing in their life and its contribution to the common good and to the community of the family.”

The more children there are in society, the more pro-life that society will become, and the easier it will be for the great evil of abortion to be eradicated once and for all.

“Choose life, then, that you and your descendants may live.” Deuteronomy 30:19

5. A) Have another child so your sons will have brothers and your daughters will have sisters.

Children who have siblings learn early to share. They learn to take turns and to put the needs of others before their own. The bond formed between brothers and sisters is lifelong, and stronger than the bond between the closest friends.

“How good it is, how pleasant, where the brothers dwell as one!” Psalm 133:1-2

B) Have another child so your sons will have sisters and your daughters will have brothers.

Boys who have sisters learn the dignity of women. They learn to treat other girls and women with respect, as they consider how they would like their own sisters to be treated. Girls who have brothers learn the complementarity of men and women, both fashioned in the image and likeness of God.

“Love begins by taking care of the closest ones—the ones at home.” Mother Teresa

6. Have another child so you (and your parents) won’t be lonely in old age.

People who have children don’t have to rely upon strangers to care for them in their old age. Children also become the parents of your grandchildren. Grandchildren bring joy, happiness, and laughter, while still allowing you to get a good night’s sleep! “Grandchildren are the crown of old men, and the glory of children is their parentage.”Proverbs 17:6

7. Have another child because people are our greatest resource.

Humans are blessed with the gifts of an intellect and free will. It is human ingenuity that discovers creative solutions to the problems which confront us. People without children should remember that it will be someone else’s child who will become the doctor that performs their life-saving operations. Someone else’s child will become the firefighter that saves their house. Someone else’s child will become the railroad engineer.

“How can there be too many children? That’s like saying there are too many flowers.”
Mother Teresa

8. Have another child to contribute to the economy.

Families with children are fuel to the economy, purchasing houses and cars and college educations. Without young people to enter the workforce, social security systems fail. Without children to attend school, teachers are jobless. Many industries, from fast food restaurants to toy stores, obviously rely heavily upon business from and for children to stay in business. But ultimately the whole economy does.

“Like a fruitful vine your wife within your home, Like olive plants your children around your table. Just so will they be blessed who fear the Lord.” Psalm 128:3-4

9. Have another child to counter global depopulation.

Anyone who has traveled from coast to coast in the United States and seen the vast empty spaces should know that America is not overpopulated. In fact, the entire population of the world could live in the state of Texas, in single-family dwellings with front and back yards. Fertility rates are falling everywhere. The world’s population will never again double. If current trends continue, world population will peak by the middle of this century and then begin demographic freefall. Our long-term problem is not too many children, but too few children. Having another child will help offset the coming population implosion.

“Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth.” Genesis 1:28.

10. Have another child to help populate heaven.

The child that you and your spouse have been generous in accepting from God was created to return to Him, after a life of love, service, and obedience on earth, to spend eternity with God in heaven. Our Lord Himself said that there was plenty of room for those immortal souls. There is no overpopulation problem in Heaven!

“There are many mansions in my Father’s house.” John 14:2

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  1. Paris you have it bad! Baby fever that is :) Or, are you trying to tell us something? Something cooking already?
    I'm wanting another too, but nature won't let me yet, nursing is keeping AF at bay. And Mason has no desire to stop!
    Thanks for posting this, I would more people would see the joy and blessings that children are. I often think that there is a very small group of us out there who actually look at our children in a positive light.

  2. Tiff, nope, not trying to tell anybody anything. :-) I'm just thinking of the recent babies born, those expected *and* Mother's Day (because none of us would be here without that) and feeling thankful for children!

    Ken, you betcha!

  3. What a great post. :) I'd love to have alot of kids. Not sure how great of a mom I'll be, but I'm willing to give it my best shot. ;) I think the world would so much better if people had more kids. lol Its sounds weird, but if you have more, I think they'll learn to get along with others better and also they won't be as spoiled since they'll have to share and considered their actions more, etc.... Just better all around. lol I'm probably just a crazy person tho... :D

    And I love the picture of all your kids. So adorable. :)

    I hope your having the same wonderful weather we are. :) Its supposed to be 90 tomorrow. I'm so excited. :D lol


  4. Brooke, I bet you'll excel at parenting just like you do at everything else you put your hand to! I think your reasoning about the benefits of a big family is spot on, not crazy at all. You sound like a young woman with a good head on her shoulders!
    We had mid 60s today and they're predicting 80s Wednesday and Thursday. I'm really enjoying the warmth! I'm excited too, lol. :D

  5. You have beautiful children, both inside and out! If there were more parents like you, raising more children like yours, I wouldn't worry about our future. I come from a family of seven children, and we are our best friends. I can't imagine being an only child. Big families are fun! Always have a friend, always a playmate, and must learn to get along with a good variety of personalities and work together. It's a good thing.

  6. Thanks Robin, it's *always* good to hear an encouraging word from someone who grew up in a big family! I wish more people could know the blessing of belonging to a big, loving family; I wouldn't wish it any other way. :-)

  7. I waited, not by choice, ten years before my first child was born, and another 4 1/2 for the next one. I always thought I should have been the mother of four children, but I've only been blessed with the two.

    I remember school days and missing my children. I looked forward to each holiday and vacation day so I could spend time with my two. Parents who complained and dreaded their kids being home baffled me. Sure there were bad moments, but overall, there is nothing in life that has given me more joy than my son and daughter.

  8. Well said Robyn. I too can't understand or even respect the negativity that parents express about their children. My 9 are, bar none, the most wonderful treasure that I have.

  9. We are adding a fourth car seat (and baby too!) this September. Can't fit any more after that until a couple graduate out of car seats. I am not real fond of the car seat laws here in CA because I really do think it influences how many children it is easy to add. Only two car seats fit in a regular car, four in a mini-van.

  10. Joy, how exciting! September babies are great. :-) I think carseat laws are a bit draconian too, we have 2 that should be in boosters and 1 in a carseat and that makes for a crowded vehicle.

  11. I love the one about giving your sons another brother or sister and giving your daughters another sister or brother. It is so true that children that come from large families are not selfish and can share and be grateful, and they seem to look out for one another, making sure EVERYONE gets a popsicle. I firmly believe more children in a family make those children become better people in the future and also now.

  12. Thanks for the shout-out; I'm just now getting to see it. I hope Gracie's only the first of many for us! Love your reasons.

    One more to add: everything about pregancy and parenting teaches you to rely on the soverignty of God. We learn just how little we can actually control.

  13. Rachel, I completely agree! Big families teach life skills in a more complete way than a school can do. Everybody here dotes on Asa, he's seen for the blessing that he is (albeit a troublesomely sweet blessing!)

    Jenny, it's so true, parenting makes you realize how much you *can't* do without God's help.


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