Culture The Best Reasons to Have Kids  

Lauren Slocum
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Have you ever asked yourself the question, "Should I have kids?" If you've ever found yourself in a vortex of Google searches regarding the best reasons to have children, or if you've ever created a pros and cons list of becoming a parent, you've landed on the right list. Here, you'll find dozens of reasons why becoming a parent is one of the most satisfying roles of adulthood.

Having children is one of the most beautiful and rewarding, yet frightening and mysterious human experiences on the planet. Our bodies are programmed to be parents, but if this is your first child, there are a multitude of unknowns you'll be figuring out along the way. And before you're presented with all of the challenges of parenthood, it'd be in everyone's best interest if you spend some time seriously considering whether or not you're the right candidate for this lifelong career. 

You'll want to have a couple institutions in place before you take the leap into spawn lake. Are you financially stable? Do you have a solid support system for both yourself and the babe? Do you want to rip your hair out every time you hang with your nieces and nephews? Those are just a few things to consider when brainstorming your reasons to have kids. 

Vote up the most applicable reasons to start a family and add any reasons that have inspired your decision. If you're simply not the parenting type, check out this list of reasons not to have kids to boost your decision-making ego. On the fence? Compare the two and weigh out your options! 
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You Want to Raise Children Who... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Reasons to Have Kids
You Want to Raise Children Who Will Make the World Better

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309 74
You Want to Love Something Unc... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Reasons to Have Kids
You Want to Love Something Unconditionally Forever

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288 76
To Create a Fun and Eventful H... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Reasons to Have Kids
To Create a Fun and Eventful Home Environment

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260 82
To Pass Along Invaluable Knowl... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Reasons to Have Kids
To Pass Along Invaluable Knowledge

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235 94
You Want to Share That Special... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Reasons to Have Kids
You Want to Share That Special Bond with Your Spouse

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231 117
To Pass Along Your Family Name... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Reasons to Have Kids
To Pass Along Your Family Name and Traditions

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220 114
You've Always Wanted Them is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Reasons to Have Kids
You've Always Wanted Them

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215 113
A Child Will Give You Purpose is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Reasons to Have Kids
A Child Will Give You Purpose

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You Want to Dedicate Your Life... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Reasons to Have Kids
You Want to Dedicate Your Life to Someone Else, Not Just Yourself

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183 88
You're a Natural Born Nurturer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Reasons to Have Kids
You're a Natural Born Nurturer

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199 112
You Think Children Are the Mos... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Reasons to Have Kids
You Think Children Are the Most Fulfilling Pursuit in Life

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187 117
Having a Family Has Always Bee... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Reasons to Have Kids
Having a Family Has Always Been Your Priority

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You Simply Love Children Uncon... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Reasons to Have Kids
You Simply Love Children Unconditionally

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148 113
To Keep Things Interesting is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Reasons to Have Kids
To Keep Things Interesting

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140 105
To Provide Opportunities You D... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Reasons to Have Kids
To Provide Opportunities You Didn't Have for Yourself

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126 98
To Share Your Hobbies with Som... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Reasons to Have Kids
To Share Your Hobbies with Someone Else

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122 104
You Have an Inexplicable and S... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Reasons to Have Kids
You Have an Inexplicable and Strong Urge to Be a Mother

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95 115
Nothing Makes You Happier Than... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Reasons to Have Kids
Nothing Makes You Happier Than Holding a Newborn Baby

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To Have a Sense of Togethernes... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Reasons to Have Kids
nrao123 added To Have a Sense of Togetherness

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You Want Someone to Take Care ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Reasons to Have Kids
You Want Someone to Take Care of You When You're Old

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You're Way Smarter Than Ot... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Reasons to Have Kids
You're Way Smarter Than Other Parents

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You Can't Imagine a Life witho... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Reasons to Have Kids
You Can't Imagine a Life without Legos

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73 126
The Only Thing You're Pass... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Reasons to Have Kids
The Only Thing You're Passionate About Is Care Giving

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71 126
Your Extended Family Will Be a... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Reasons to Have Kids
Your Extended Family Will Be a Legitimate Support System

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73 132
You Grew Up in a Large Family is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Reasons to Have Kids
You Grew Up in a Large Family

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You'll Be Introduced to New So... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Reasons to Have Kids
You'll Be Introduced to New Social Circles

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56 132
As a Surrogate, to Provide an ... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Reasons to Have Kids
As a Surrogate, to Provide an Opportunity for Someone Else

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51 132
You Are Financially Stable is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Reasons to Have Kids
You Are Financially Stable

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25 159
Your Employer Pays for Child C... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Reasons to Have Kids
Your Employer Pays for Child Care and Offers Full Benefits

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18 161
You Need Their Help with the F... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Reasons to Have Kids
You Need Their Help with the Family Business

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13 160
You Have a Huge Fortune to Pas... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Reasons to Have Kids
You Have a Huge Fortune to Pass On

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5 91
Save Your Marraige is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Reasons to Have Kids
asplatt added Save Your Marraige