The Case for Children: Why Parenthood Makes Your World Better

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Why Parenthood Makes Your World Better

Today many young men and women are doing everything in their reproductive years except reproduce. Never before in human history have birth rates intentionally fallen so far, so fast and in so many places.

This groundbreaking book explores the benefits that parenthood brings to individuals and society and provides strong evidence that contradicts many modern myths of ...

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Overview

Why Parenthood Makes Your World Better

Today many young men and women are doing everything in their reproductive years except reproduce. Never before in human history have birth rates intentionally fallen so far, so fast and in so many places.

This groundbreaking book explores the benefits that parenthood brings to individuals and society and provides strong evidence that contradicts many modern myths of parenthood. Quite simply, parenthood makes your world physically, materially, and spiritually better.

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Why have more children -- or children at all? Simcha Weinstein reminds us that kids don't have to be the burdens -- and money pits -- pop culture paints them to be. And he should know -- he has four (as of this printing)!
– Lenore Skenazy, author of the book, Free-Range Kids
Lenore Skenazy
Why have more children—or children at all? Simcha Weinstein reminds us that kids don't have to be the burdens—and money pits—pop culture paints them to be. And he should know—he has four (as of this printing)!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781569804742
  • Publisher: Barricade Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/16/2012
  • Pages: 170
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Rabbi Simcha Weinstein is an internationally known best-selling author who was recently voted "New York's Hippest Rabbi" by PBS Channel 13. He chairs the Religious Affairs Committee at Pratt Institute and resides in Brooklyn, NY
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

Introduction xiii

Part 1 The First Trimester: 'Why Aren't People Having Children? 1

Chapter 1 Too Cool for Kids?: Why People Are Putting Off Parenthood 3

Chapter 2 From Population Boom to Bust: How Shrinking Families Are Destroying Our Planet 15

Chapter 3 From Independence to Interdependence: How Embracing Each Other Makes; Us Better People 23

Part 2 The Second Trimester: Why Children Can Be Good for Your Budget, Your Happiness, and the Environment 35

Chapter 4 Million-Dollar Babies: The Real Cost of Having Kids 37

Chapter 5 Parenthood and Happiness: All "Oy" and No Joy? 51

Chapter 6 Saving the Planet: Are Babies Bad for the Environment? 59

Part 3 The Third. Trimester: Why Parenthood Makes Sense 67

Chapter 7 Spiritual Legacy: The Real Secret to Life after Death 69

Chapter 8 You Don't Have to Have Kids to Learn from Them (But It Helps) 77

Chapter 9 Postmodern Parenting: The New Radical Counterculture 87

Epilogue 97

Discussion Questions 99

Notes 103

Index 111

About the Author 117

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2012

    The Case For Children, Why Parenthood Makes Your World Better, i

    The Case For Children, Why Parenthood Makes Your World Better, is Rabbi Simcha Weinstein's first “serious” book. While this father of four has chosen a topic of great importance, and one close to his heart, he hasn't lost his light touch with heavy material. He writes, “The purpose of this book has not been to preach and proselytize. Well, maybe a little. It's part of my job description.” He admits “After writing this book, I could just as easily write another one making the case against kids. I get that.”

    He is a talented writer who, befitting his role as a campus rabbi, is open to opinions other than his and says, “I don't think the childfree movement is mad, just misplaced. I respect the decisions these people make, even if I disagree with them, as long as they are made carefully and compassionately.”

    But make no mistake, this is a book about the many joys of parenthood. I am a parent and I agree that having, and raising, children is the best thing I have done. I find I am in good company and Rabbi Simcha has quoted Steve Jobs on fatherhood; “It's 10,000 times better than anything I've ever done.” And we're all right!

    Rabbi Simcha makes his case with passion and objectivity. He uses his own experience and the research, statistics, and opinions of many others, all carefully footnoted. In my case, he is preaching to the converted. I heartily recommend this book to all the childless couples who are unsure about their “readiness” for parenthood, and to the parents of those unsure couples. If it's true that grandchildren are the best excuse for having children, a little ammunition like this wouldn't hurt.

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