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A mother and her daughter

The Office for National Statistics in the UK says that there is a significant rise in the number of one child families in the UK.

Whilst in some parts of the world having a large family is seen to be a good thing, the economic situation might be changing this.


Some parents worry about being able to support a large family during the current economic downturn.


Worrying that they might not have enough money to provide for many children, or be too busy with their work to cope with many children, they choose to have just one child.


This might make sense, but some experts are worried that this trend will negatively affect society.


They believe that single children are usually spoilt and over-indulged and this makes them selfish and individualistic.


A society with a large number of selfish and individualistic people would not be very nice to live in!


However, one expert told the BBC that if sharing duties between the parents took place, and the father takes more interest in the children, then maybe more families would have more than one child.



What do you think of this story? Are you a single child? Are you a parent with just one child? Write to us in English!
ما رأيك في هذه القصة؟ هل انت وحيد/ وحيدة لأبويك؟ هل أنت أب/ أم لطفل واحد؟ اكتب لنا بالإنجليزية

."لاستخدام هذا الملف لابد من تشغيل برنامج النصوص "جافا"، واحدث الاصدارات من برنامج "فلاش بلاير

يمكن التنشغيل باستخدام برنامج "ريال بلاير"، او "ويندوز ميديا بلاير

The Office for National Statistics
المكتب الوطني للإحصاء
significant
مهم/ ذو دلالة
economic situation
الوضع الاقتصادي
support
يساند
downturn
تراجع
provide
يوفر
cope
يدبر
spoilt
مدلل
over-indulged
مدلل بشكل مفرط
selfish
اناني
individualistic
فرداني/ ذاتي

."لاستخدام هذا الملف لابد من تشغيل برنامج النصوص "جافا"، واحدث الاصدارات من برنامج "فلاش بلاير

يمكن التنشغيل باستخدام برنامج "ريال بلاير"، او "ويندوز ميديا بلاير

i respect any different idea and experts but some time should be have at least experience i have a experience because i have lived among big family not big in saudi society my family consist of 12 members all the member look after each other on the other hand the families have one kids this not mean this child become selfish or individualistic , i agree with the family have one or more if they can provide to their live things they want it anyway the cost ?
Romi , Perth, Australia

I have 3 brothers and 1 sister. That is a good thing to have a large family I can say it because I feel it, I am the younger and all of us cooperate withe each other.
And if you have one kid that not enough even in situation like that what if the child died or not Succeed in his life the entire family will be in distress.
Hassan Hureshi, Jeddah Saudi Arabia

I have got three kids, me and my wife feel that child-rearing is the most difficult duties for parents, in the life. It needs significant efforts to get success. While we surely feel the life without child seems like a tree without fruits.
Jassim, Tokyo, Japan

Now I have one chiled and I have waited ather baby. this thought only one chiled depend on situation of that family but my viewpoint iI reject this idea
Asem, Berlin

I am with the idea of the large family. it is right that there are some difficulties, but - on the other hand - there are more adventages such as the children become cooperative and ont selfish, and if there is one disobedient the other is obedient. My family is medium ( three males and two females). i am the fourth one. I felt if my family was larger it is better. Now, I have one boy only and i am thinking to have at least five.
Taher, Ibb, Yemen

i think we should compare this step with what is actually happening in the arab world..( before the downturn and since the begining of the 20 century > the number of people in the arab world increase day after day. though the arab countries faced many types of problems and economic crises ..so i think this is a very good step from the uk's families
Haitham Badarin, Palestine

I am a father of three children, I think small family is easier to control finanacially and socially,while large family is more difficult to look after specially when your chilren reach the age of teenage.They tend to be indefferent and careless owing to that age nowadays.
I believe the best number of children for a family is two or three and the best age difference between each child is one to two years in order for them to grow together.
Nasser AlNasser, Kingdom of Bahrain

I have five children, one boy and four girls I do not support the only child in the family, because an adverse impact on the psyche of the child.
And I have it, although I have five children as the only son among the four daughters has become a solitary feel that we have to be with another child of the same sex, how the only child. My vision is that there should be two or three even though the conditions of life and work difficult.
Khlood, Saudi Arabia

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