China had a one-child policy till four years back when the two-child policy was implemented. Meaning it has always been a one-child talk in the Chinese family. The issue of having two children is still relatively knew and most families are still not sure whether to embrace it.
For Chinese being able to give their families a comfortable living is very important and hence this is also a point to consider before having another child. Is there enough money for two children.
While in Africa and other communities around the world, very few people consider their financial status before having children, it is a big deal in China.
My mother once gave me a call and she sounded very happy. She told me my brother was having a fourth child and I was surprised. In my shock I responded," Why are they having more kids when they can hardly feed the ones they have."
My mother rebuked my utterances. " Stop it! Don't talk like that. Children are a blessing from God," she said.
That was the end of the conversation because I fear God. However, in my heart I reminded her I'm the one burdened by the 'blessings' as my brother and his wife with her help are always asking for financial support from me. I almost said this aloud but I fear God.
What future will these children have if parents can not take care of them? Can not send them to school? Chinese, worry much about this.
While money is the biggest concern for Chinese looking at having a second child, another aspect has been raised. Should the first child give consent before second child is born? Do parents need the consent of their first child in order to give birth to a second one?
A local Chinese Tv debate program featured the topic and it had more than 290 million engagements in only a day of airing. One writer said, "Giving birth to a second child is a major event of a family and we need to unite all possible forces for that.....The first child is an essential member of the family and he/she should be talked to."
Some argued that if a child is given veto power on whether to have a younger brother or sister, the birth rate might fall low. At the end the majority said YES to the topic.
According to Chinadaily in 2018 China had 15,23 million newborns which is 2 million fewer than that of 2017 and experts say that its time to think of better ways to stabilise the birth rate. Despite people being free to have two children, many Chinese still feel looking after a child is expensive and hard-work.
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