The Model Up Close

These families are adopting the Having Kids model: Smaller families working together to invest more in each child.
You can join them to make a better future for all. You can make your voice heard.

The Phelps-Mathews Family

The Phelps-Mathews Family

Taking the Having Kids approach is important to us because we want to dedicate our time and resources to raising a child who is a conscious steward of our planet and the animals and people who call it home. At age 9, Willow has already raised nearly $11,000 by running 5K’s, doing one-mile lake swims, and sewing and selling cat toys to help homeless people and their pets, shelter dogs and cats and wildlife. She has eaten dinner with the homeless and protested the unfair treatment of chimpanzees abandoned in Liberia. She has been recognized for her work by the ASPCA and was awarded the ASPCA Kid of the Year in 2016. Being working parents, having one child allows us to foster an environment where we can encourage Willow in her endeavors to make the world a better place. We believe that having one child will reduce our carbon footprint and will hopefully leave a better environment for generations to come.

The Eberly Family

The Eberly Family

Given that we want to live out our commitment to protecting children, the environment, and the animals with whom we share the planet, we support the Having Kids model. We believe that smaller, loving families are critical to our future—to giving children the care and attention they need to thrive and learn, to an earth that can sustain us, to a world where our fellow creatures have a fighting chance to survive and live lives free of human harm. Investing our resources in fewer children means more attention to each child, a lesser impact on an already fragile planet, and a greater fostering of community. And because having fewer children means we have extra resources, we’re able to give to organizations that promote environmental protection, public interest causes, reproductive rights, and animal welfare. We also recognize that the surest way to create change is to start at home, and for that reason we’re are proud to support the Fair Start modeland committed to instilling in our son the values it represents.

The Marsh Family

The Marsh Family

We support Having Kids first and foremost because we believe we can provide the best life for our only daughter if we do not give her a sibling. First, with only one child, we are free to dedicate our collective resources—whether emotional, educational, financial, or recreational—to one person. Next, we will replace two trash-producing, water-wasting, fossil-fuel burning humans with one. Indeed, as global temperatures creep up causing ocean acidification and (eventually) a massive extinction event, it only makes sense to limit our carbon legacy as much as possible. Finally, it’s truly about living our values. We want our daughter to know that her parents did everything they could to build a better future for her and for our community as a whole. We teach her to love nature, appreciate the interconnectedness of life, and appreciate the past. By embracing the Having Kids model, she will learn from us as we lead by example, and hopefully one day she will grow into a bright, compassionate, thoughtful woman. For us, the decision to have one child was almost instinctive. Once she arrived to reshape our world, we knew we were complete; our family was whole.

The Evans Family

The Evans Family

The decision to have one child was initially difficult. It became easier as I spoke with other families who had multiple children. I made a decision to focus my resources on one rather than have them compete. By making this decision, I have made a step towards a better life for my child and the community. The Fair Start modelis consistent with my belief that change starts at home. Connecting with other like-minded people ensures a better world for my children and grandchildren. Becoming a parent has made me want to connect with others to prompt change. The Fair Start modelprovides me with a way to accomplish these goals.

The Hamity Family

The Hamity Family

We fully support the model that Having Kids promotes, in large part because we believe that our commitment to a smaller family allows us to be better parents and citizens of the world. Rather than devoting time, energy, and resources to additional children, we have chosen instead to be more present in our son and daughter’s lives. Our commitment to a smaller family also allows us to dedicate ourselves, both financially and professionally, to causes we care deeply about, including universal access to quality healthcare and education, as well as the protection of animals from institutionalized cruelty. Through the Having Kids model, we hope to show our children the potential for minimizing environmental harms while maximizing opportunities for other children and families to thrive.

The Liebman Family

The Liebman Family

I support the Having Kids model, primarily because it reflects my own experience growing up in a small family. As a twin, I experienced the security, love, and support that come from close family relationships, and I hope to provide that same experience to my own two children. On a planet where the means of subsistence are limited and unequally shared, my partner and I feel compelled to tread lightly. We’ve committed to raising a small family that values community, compassion, and joy. We embody the Fair Start modelby donating to organizations committed to reproductive rights, disaster and conflict relief, and environmental and animal protection, and by trying to raise thoughtful and justice-minded global citizens. We hope to help empower small families to make big changes.

The LaMaster Family

The LaMaster Family

Jon and Astrid waited until their careers were advanced before having their two boys because they wanted them to have the best start in life possible. Consequently, they’ve decided not to have more kids. That’s partly thanks to their belief in ohana, the Hawaiian concept of the intentional family rather than the biological one. It emphasizes the notion that families and their friends are bound together and that all members of the ohana must cooperate and help one another for the benefit of every member. Jon and Astrid have elected to use the time and resources that would have gone into creating a larger family to help the families around them, the ones that will help determine the world their own children inherit. They are aware of the relationship between the family size choices we all make today, our world’s environment, and kids’ quality of life. They are hopeful that other families will join them too.

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