*Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids*

The author is Bryan Caplan and the subtitle is Why Being a Great Parent is Less Work and More Fun Than You Think.  Both were true for me and I predict at least one will be true for you.  It is now available for pre-order on Amazon.  And here is Bryan, new to Twitter.


Any guess on the due date? This books has me excited.

Cyrus, that's not how it worked for me. When I started taking primary care of our kids from May-September while my wife worked in tourism, raising them got a lot easier and more enjoyable than it had been when I let her do most of it.

No Kindle version? I will spam comments here and on EconLog until one appears!

I am with Donegal. Parenting is satisfying, but it is a lot of work, especially in 2 career families.

By the way, children are cheaper than most people think, because having them makes it harder to spend money on non-kid related things. More spent on tiny clothes and diapers, less spent on movies and bed and breakfasts.

I see he didn't keep the previous working subtitle of Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Mom.

Does this concept apply to special-needs children as well?

Bryan's best (blogging) work has been on this topic. I'm looking forward to reading it in book form.

> I am not sure why Bryan, or anyone, anticipates that they will buck the trend
> and be amongst the few whose personal satisfaction is, net, enhanced by
> having children.

Perhaps, then, you will be surprised and entertained to discover that someone has gone to the trouble of writing an entire book, with ample reference to the earlier literature, explaining why this might be so!

See, for example,

Or, I suppose, you could gripe that the title of the book does not align with your preconceived notions of how things work and dismiss it out of hand, assuming that it ignores even the most basic, reflexive objections...

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