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Families have changes over the past several decades. There have been large changes in habits of divorce, cohabitation and family structure but also the number of children people are having.

The size of households has progressively fallen over the 20th and beginning of 21st century. The 1911 census in Australia revealed the average household comprised of 4.5 members. Then in 1966, the number fell to 3.5 and to 3.0 in 1981. Nowadays, the latest figure in 2006 shows the average household size is 2.6. How many children did you have?

Education and employment trends have largely impacted these trends. There was also a wider availability of the contraceptive pill in the 1970s; women started to delay marriage and postponed having children. In fact in the 1980s the total fertility rate had declined from 3.5 babies per women to 1.9. Then by 2001, the fertility rate had fallen to 1.7. This actually means the total fertility rate is below the replacement level (2.1 babies per woman). Do you have many grandchildren?

For some the idea of having grandchildren is still a distant dream. Not everyone will have the opportunity and some make the conscious choice to not have kids. It’s a heartbreaking situation for many in the Starts at 60 community. Are you able to fill this gap with nieces and nephews? Or do you have go children or any other ‘honorary’ grandchildren?


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    We have 12, 6 Girls 6 Boys, number 13 due in August. The tie breaker.

  2. I have 3 children and 3 grandsons, my oldest daughter have the boys , the others no children , I my get great grand children in 10 to 15 years time , to old to enjoy them then. I see my grandsons for a few hours every 2 years. My choice moving to another state.

  3. 5 biological children..1 deceased.. 1 adopted son.. 1 foster daughter who has 2 children.. and 3 grands.. 12 grandchildren 10 married or with partners.. 9 great grandchildren.. #10 due in 4 weeks

  4. We have 4 grandchildren…3 boys and 1 girl…We love them to the moon and back!
    Love, Nonie and Nonno. Ages 63 and 60

  5. I have 9 Grand children, 7 girls and 2 boys ranging from 5 to 17 I have 3 children the eldest daughter had 2 girls my son 2 girls and a boy and my youngest 3 girls and a boy I am their Mama and love them all

  6. We have four children, two girls and two boys. The girls are married and have given us three grandchildren, my older daughter has one boy and her sister has two girls. The boys are not married and we will have to wait a while for any more!

  7. 3 daughters 1 son 7 grandsons4 grandaughters i honary grandson and granddaughter igreat grandaughter i great grandson boy i am proud and love them all

  8. From 5 of my 6 children—I have 17 GREAT G/children—-so far—I have 16 Great g/children

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