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Selfish reasons to have more kids; why being a great parent is less work and more fun than you think.

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Selfish reasons to have more kids; why being a great parent is less work and more fun than you think.

Caplan, Bryan.

Basic Books

2011

228 pages

$24.99

Hardcover

HQ755

Caplan (economics, George Mason U.) claims that modern parents are not having enough kids. A father himself, Caplan draws on recent research to show that heredity is a bigger factor than parenting in a child's life, and translates this into good news for parents: Whatever parents do, the kids will probably turn out OK! The book offers a parent's guide to behavioral genetics, with several chapters devoted to explaining current research in the field and its implications for parenting. Other reasons for having more kids: kids are safer now than in the 1950s, and more kids means more workers to keep Social Security and Medicare alive. The book concludes with selfish guidelines for want-to-be grandparents, and a final chapter reviewing fertility technology. The author is a blogger at one of the Wall Street Journal's Top 25 Economic Blogs.

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