The rural parents view children as an investment because they provide labor for agricultural production. The children are also a resource because they help in taking care of their siblings. Since the families cannot afford to employ nannies, the elder children have to look after their younger siblings. Besides, parents expect the children to support them financially during their old age (Kiriti & Tisdell 2013).
Things are, however, different in the U.S. There are no parents who opt to have many children. Most parents limit to one or two children. It is widely regarded as unethical for couples to have many children because most parents are economically stable. A couple with several children cannot afford to give each of them appropriate parental attention (AAP 2015). In addition, giving birth in large numbers would add more people to the already populated country.
Kiriti, T., & Tisdell, C. (2013). Family size, economics and child gender preference: A case study in the Nyeri district of Kenya. Social Economics International Journal of Social Economics, 492-509. Retrieved July 3, 2015, from http://www.uq.edu.au/rsmg/docs/ClemWPapers/SEPD/WP