I have 3 siblings; two brothers and a sister and I am not close with any of them. They live over 1,100 miles away from me. I rarely speak to them. I am closer with friends. My husband has two siblings that he is not entirely close with either.

I know many people who have siblings that they can't stand. So there is no guarantee that giving your kids siblings is going to reap the benefits you had in mind in terms of companionship. There is a good chance they will be friends, but there is an equal chance they won't.

I guess mine and my husband’s relationship with our siblings had an effect on our decision as parents because we only have one child, a boy.