Families – Come in all Sizes
On November 18, 1997, Bobbi and Kenny McCaughey of the United States were the happy parents of onechild – their daughter Mikayla. The next day, they had eight children. Bobbi gave birth to septuplets – three more daughters and four new sons. At first it was very hard. They livein a small house and the needed lots of help. Now it is better. They live in a bog house and the children help with the housework.
Barry and Julia Rollings of Camberra, Astrualiastarted with just two daughters: Alix and Briony. Then, between 1991 and 1998, they adopted six more children – five sons and one daughter. Barry also has four adult children fromhis first marriage. People always ask them, “Hoe many kids do you have now?”
Julia says, “I love my family and my life!” And she adds, “Barry likes housework.”
In traditionalChinese culture, families were very large. But in mainland China today, with a population of over 1,000,000,000 people, the government has a one-child policy: in most place, a familycan have only one child. In the future, there will be no aunts, uncles, or cousin. Why? Because there will be no sisters or brothers.
Many people don’t agree with the one-childpolicy. But all agree that one advantage of a small family is that parents have more money for their children.
Source: www.geocities.com/juro/madhouse and www.msnbc.com
* Nowread the following statements. Figure out if they true or false based on the information in the reading.
1. Septuplets are seven children born at the same time. (True)
2. Alixand Briony Rollings are twins. (No information)
3. Julia Rollings is Barry’s first wife. (False)
4. The traditional Chinese family was a one-child family. (False)