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ANAIDA WELCH

PANAMA

'My mom had six children, five girls and one boy.  In her own family there were only three siblings, two brothers and herself.  When I was a teenager, I never thought of kids or getting married.  My major concern was to finish school.  After that, getting married and having children was still not on my mind.  I had no plans for that. 

 

I eventually got married.  Still, my husband and I did not discuss the size of our family.   Once we decided to have kids, I thought two was enough.  Coming from a big family, I always thought that it would be more fun to have a small family. It was a lot easier both economically and environmentally. We were able to provide more for our family. 

 

My kids are grown and not interested in having kids right now. They both have dogs. And at the moment they are both content with their decisions. I believe that having kids is a personal decision and no one should influence you one way or another.  I don’t put any pressure on my kids to have children.  It is their decision.'