Community Roundup: Should Family Size Be Limited to Two Kids?

Plus, iVillagers sound off on toddlers being diagnosed with depression

A debate raged this week on the February 2011 Expecting Club boards over whether having more than two children is environmentally irresponsible.

The Zero Population Growth theory holds that the earth is running out of the resources necessary to support its ballooning population -- an extra 79 million people every year, according to Population Connection. So the environmentally responsible thing to do is to limit your family size to just two people – enough to replace you and your partner.

“In some ways I agree,” says navywife777, who raised the topic. “It seems instead of controlling the population that is hurting the environment, we're worrying about fixing the problems the growing population is creating.” She argues that hybrid vehicles are great, but fewer cars on the roads is the better solution.

Many moms of more than two stood up in defense of being able to have the family size they believe is right for them.

Rosewater77, pregnant with baby number four, made a list of all the ways her family limits its environmental impact, from living in a smaller house than what they can afford to being masterful recyclers. She also put on her “devil’s advocate” hat to ask: “Should super crusty old people just go take their "long walk" already so more babies can be born?”

Nessie_132, who called this “the dumbest idea I have ever heard of,” raised the point that the only way to control population growth is through government intervention, “and I personally believe the government is too involved in our lives anyway.”

Do you believe two kids are enough or the more the merrier? Chime in below.

Preschoolers on Prozac?
Three year olds can go from soft-spoken angels to screaming menaces to inconsolable, quivering mounds of tears in the time it takes you to blink. Is that just the roller coaster of toddler emotions or does some of that behavior signal depression? Some scientists say yes, as was reported by iVillage earlier this week. Some adults with depression agree that it’s possible.

“I think depression can be very real at that age, but only because I've experienced it,” writes applebear1. “I probably would have a hard time believing it otherwise.”

But should toddlers be medicated? Sunrise2010 says no. “I have a relative who is giving her daughter, age 3, antidepressants and it really worries me,” she writes. “I think that is way too young. Couldn't they try play therapy first?”

What do you think? Could preschoolers already be doing battle with depression? And if so, how should it be treated? Tell us what you think.

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