January 20, 2009

Is 4 the new 2?

On August 5, 2007, NPR's Weekend Edition on Sunday reported:
"The newest status symbol for the nation's most affluent families is fast becoming a big brood of kids. Historically, the country-club set has had the smallest number of kids. But in the past 10 years, the number of high-end earners who are having three or more kids has shot up nearly 30 percent. Some say the trend is driven by a generation of over-achieving career women who have quit work and transferred all of their competitive energy to baby making. They call it competitive birthing."
Listen to the original radio broadcast here.

That was in the U.S. in 2007, the trend is finally being noticed here in the UK (and about time too, say the rather more observant among us): 4 kids is the new bling for the sterling-rich. See my next post for more.

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1 comment:

  1. I have heard this discussion before and I also think it seems like a "trend." I would love to have had more kids, but we started to late and we are one of those weird parents.... you know ... responsible?

    We only have what we can care for ourselves.