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With affluent parents, ‘four is the new three’

For parents who have one child, feelings of gratitude mingle with the occasional twinge of defensiveness

Last month, I was talking to a friend who resides in an affluent suburb among families with large broods. “You didn’t know?” she asked. “If you’re wealthy enough, four is the new three, and three is the new two.”

I should have realized: Posh procreation has been covered by Forbes, The New Yorker, and in these pages, when Neil Swidey chronicled the uptick of large families in wealthy Boston suburbs like Wellesley, which are “teeming with families managed by highly educated stay-at-home moms” and where “three is far from the end point.”

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