Freedom Comes Through Family, and Sometimes Less is More
Having fewer children means more for each child, more to share with others, and more time for parents. It means more nature, stronger communities, and a safer, sustainable, and better future. And for everyone that means smaller and sustainable communities that flourish because each person has more of a voice in their governments, cultures and lives.
What is the Responsible Parenting model?
It’s simple. Parents take the resources they would have invested in having a third or fourth child and instead use part of those resources to help other families plan for and invest in their first or second child, and in ways that give all of the children things in common.
What does the Responsible Parenting model do?
The Responsible Parenting model is designed to begin the process of changing the way we think about having and raising children, from seeing it as something we do apart or isolated from the community around us to instead something that collectively and over time creates the community around us. Truly responsible parenting, in a democracy, means thinking of every child who will be born as someone with whom you will one day have to agree on a best set of rules to live by, and then helping to bring that child into the world with what he or she needs to do that.
How does the Responsible Parenting model expand freedom?
Responsible Parenting frees children by giving them more opportunities in life, frees parents by getting them help in planning for and investing in their children, and frees everyone by creating smaller and more connected communities where each person has a greater voice in their governments, cultures and lives.
We are at a crossroads.
Whether the average person alive today chooses to have two children or less, or has more than two children, will largely determine whether our children’s world will be safe, healthy, and sustainable. The alternative is a world more crowded and polluted, with less nature, fewer resources and more crime. For more info, download World Economic Forum’s “Seven Billion and Growing” (PDF).
In less than a lifetime the world population has tripled. There are now about 7.1 billion people in the world. Human population continues to climb more than 1½ million people every week.
We have to keep in mind that every new person, especially in the United States, takes resources out of the planet that we can’t replace, pollutes the environment in ways we can’t clean up, and makes the world a harder place for each of us to live in.
The good news is that we are all going down the right road toward smaller families. The average number of children born in the world today has dropped from roughly 5 births per woman in the 1960s to roughly 2½ births per woman today.
Smaller families are investing more in themselves and in each child, and in doing so, making their children’s world a better place.
But while most of us are changing the way we act to make the world a better place, many of our laws and policies remain stuck in the past, sending the wrong message. Instead of supporting smaller families where parents can provide more for themselves and for each child they have, many governments are pushing outdated policies that hurt parents and children.
Uncrowded is pushing back against these policies, and helping us work together to keep moving down the right road towards smaller families.