Is it wrong to want an only child?

In this clip from This Morning, Ruth and Eamonn are joined by two mums with very different views on family size, to discuss whether choosing to have an only child is wrong.

Mum of one Samantha Lenihan, described as the epitome of family planning, was sterilised at the age of 30. Tara Howard has four children and believes that having only one child is unfair. She believes it’s selfish not to give an only child a sibling arguing that the bond they will have throughout their lives can’t be replaced.

They also discuss the expense of childcare costs for big families compared to those with a single child, the support siblings can give each other and whether having more than one child means having the share between your children.Have these issues impacted your own decisions on the amount of children you are having? You can share your reasons you have the number of children you do with other mums here.

See the full discussion in the video below:

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