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Family question.. ‘One and done’ ?
Curious to see the forums experience of having a family.. I think the demographic of STW means many might have some older children now.
I’ve got an incredible 3yo daughter who’s the center of my world. I honestly couldn’t ask for a more amazing child, #insert_more_gushy_stuff#.
My wife has a medical condition and it was touch and go with having kids at all, so the fact we have our daughter is a blessing. She finds parenting tough and I worry a second might just push her over the edge, especially with her health. She’s on the fence about having a second, as am I. We’re both early 30’s.
On one hand, a single child would get all our energy, opportunities and money, but on the other hand you get the single child ‘issue'(?). We’d miss doing everything again and my heart wants a second, to have a bigger family and share more together, but my head is undecided. Our daughter was a very difficult baby- lots of allergies and health issues that went undiagnosed for close to a year.
Context, both our families are tiny and useless. Little to no engagement from either side, many estranged and live abroad. So we’d be on our own for child support, etc.
Now, I’ve heard so much conflicting stuff from parents, family and the internet on ‘one and done’ers vs. having a second child. Seems to range from worst decision of my life to have a second, to ‘oh they are best friends’.
Would like to hear your take and experience on having one child vs. multiple. I know there’s a million and one variables with the question, but I like the breadth and diversity the forum often gives.scotroutesFull Member
My wife also has/had a health issue which only became apparent during pregnancy. We were happy not to risk a second. I’m not sure what “issues” surround having a single child. Most of the folk I know either have the one child or none. I don’t see any pressure to have another and there’s always the environmental impact to consider too.
TBH if your wife isn’t keen, the conversation really ends there.sharkattackFull Member
We’re facing the same question now. We’ve got no family locally so there’s been no one to call for help or relief when it gets hard. When I think back to where we were this time last year I feel like having another would finish us off. Especially with a toddler running around.
At some points it’s been unbearably difficult but now that he’s a little person, running around being mostly happy all the time, it’s much more fun. It would be nice if we could be alone together for a few hours because we haven’t been for almost 2 years.
I’m an only child and I’m not sure it caused any issues. Nothing you don’t see in other people. Wife has brothers and sisters and it’s nice that they’re there for each other but she also spends her entire life glued to Whatsapp and is totally incapable of making decisions without a 9 hour consultation with her entire family. She’s not very independent. Myself, I’m pretty fearless when it comes to doing everything on my own. I’m not exactly lonely, I’ve built my own family now.weeksyFull Member
We’ve only got one…. i’m happy with that 🙂
I see families wiht multiples and think it’s a lot more hard work.
We had a difficult time getting our daughter. My wife suffered 5 early miscarriages before we had a ‘good ‘un’ then we had bad news at the 20 weeks scan that our daughter was suffering from a condition called exomphalos (only Google if you are not squeamish!). And they didn’t even know if she would be OK when born.
Thankfully she was strong, but small. She had to be operated on within 12 hours of birth and had a further four operations before she was one. Naturally this kind of put us off having more! There were no guarantees the same wouldn’t happen again.
She’s now 20 and apart from a wiggly scar she’s turned out to be a great kid. Very independent and strong willed, which a lot of only children seem to be. I see this as a plus not an issue though.
From a parents point of view we would have liked more, and I know my daughter would have liked a sibling. But she has many cousins and is close to them. This irked somewhat as my wife’s sisters popped them out easily (one had 5, the other 3).
From a bringing them up point of view I don’t think it makes much difference. 1 commands your attention a lot more, 2 or more can play with each other but bring other issues!
Basically – it doesn’t matter! 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 – you’d find a way of dealing with it.
…but then there’s the expense too of having more!
Single child issues can be avoided. They do exist but there is a largely a society projection and people finding someone they know is a only child and point their issues towards that but someone else they do not know who is a single child (but whom they know) they don’t see the problem.
Anyway. We have two. First we had at mid 30s, second at just 40. I was nervous of having a second (6 and 2 now). Child care costs are massive even though we had a good gap. Plus the less attention thing plus all the work etc. Plus the other financial consequences, we have ok wages but that gets eaten up with two, it is tight. Partner wanted a second so we did it. First baby was really hard work, second has been chilled. We seem ok atm. 🙂 My mum help out with childcare. We would struggle without. We could do it but it makes a big difference and they get to do stuff they do not do at school / nursery / with us.
However friends of mine the second really took it out of them. Mental and physically. Having a child is ultimately a selfish decision but one that requires you to be unselfish to the result. Its your decision but really consider your health, your partners health (physical and mental) financial aspects. Whatever your decision go with it and don’t look back.
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We have 2 daughters now 15+12.
It was also unlikely that we could have kids as my wife had some health issues, but here we are.
Both ours were difficult babies – neither slept through the night until they were 2+ and both had a few minor health issues/allergies which have changed/improved as they’ve grown.
I remember a mate (who already had 2 kids) saying to us whilst we were expecting the second that having another ‘more than doubles the aggravation’ and in some ways he’s right – if they’re both ill, vomiting and sh*tting for England you’ll be cursing the cleaning/laundry/sleep depravation, and when they’re a little older and starting having class birthday parties to attend which clash, sending you both in different directions on a Saturday, running your weekends like a Military operation you’ll also be wondering WTF you’re doing.
However, in many ways we’ve found having 2 a little easier at times – they can entertain each other, they played together quite a lot as little kids and these days they borrow each others clothes, enjoy each others company and i really think they’ll be great friends as they get older.
The age gap between ours can feel big at times (3.5 years) particularly when one was still at primary and the other had moved up to ‘big school’ however it gets smaller as they age. There was 4.5 years between me and my late younger brother, and we were great friends.
We have various friends who only have the one child and i often feel they struggle to keep the only child occupied – holidays are a good example of this – ours would quite happily play in a pool or do something else together whilst we chilled out, whereas taking a single child away means they need 100% of your attention.
Obviously i’m going to say we’ve got no regrets – we were always planning to have 3, but my wife had a miscarriage with our second after a car-crash, and our youngest had a traumatic birth which trashed the baby factory – so that was us done.cookeaaFull Member
TBH if your wife isn’t keen, the conversation really ends there.
That’s probably the key point, you aren’t the one that has to push a melon out.
We’ve got two and that’s plenty, like anything it’s ups and downs, they’re “best friends” one day and screaming enemies the next. My sister is one and done, my niece is lovely and pretty well adjusted so far. Only children probably benefit most from having close friendship groups as they grow, which tends to be an extension of their parents social circle.
Do you have plenty of friends with kids about the same age?fossyFull Member
We’ve got two (now adults), but my sister struggled to get the one with various health conditions, but they are over the moon with the one (he’s now two) – not sure they’d try again. Brother has just had their second, and both were pretty tough pregnancies and births (plus lost a baby in between).
Think about all your health, and none, one, two or more is enough ! Doesn’t matter.winstonFull Member
I’m an only child – hated it when I was a kid, hate it now. I look on enviously when friends and colleagues have family days, lunches, go on holiday together with brothers etc. Both my parents are now in failing health and its basically down to me to sort everything – would be so useful to have a sibling or 2 to share the emotional and physical burden.
We only have 2 kids but really wish we had another – time just caught up with us before we got round to it!
I love big families but thats probably because both my wife and I have small ones which live all over the world so we are very fragmented. If I came from a massive family I might feel differently. You always want what you don’t have!anagallis_arvensisFull Member
We only have one child he’s 12 now, seems happy enough. However he has no cousins as my brother died quite young and his aunty on mums side hasn’t had kids so family wise it’s a bit quiet. I do worry about later in life a little, it would have been nice for him to have a sibling but it never happened. I think myself and my partner worry about this far more than he does.squirrelkingFree Member
Only child who ended up with an only child here.
We were the same age as you when it came to crunch time, my wife had always been keen to have a few, I was less keen but after the first we agreed to wait until she was three. By that time I was mentally ready but my wife had decided she didn’t want more as we were just starting to get our lives back. Best decision we could have made tbh, your circumstances may be different but ultimately it comes down to what you’re happy with.
As for only child issues, I’d say that’s just cod psychology. My wife and her sister weren’t very independent but that was down to having parents that did everything for them well into their 20’s. They get on well together now but were fighting all the time when they were kids (6 year age gap or so)
We’d miss doing everything again
I miss that like a hole in the head.
Super interesting responses- thanks all!
Lots of things I can relate to.
TBH if your wife isn’t keen, the conversation really ends there.
Completely agree! Her body, her decision. No qualms about that.
We’re both undecided together. We’re pretty transparent talking about this stuff.
Single child issues
This just seems to be something that oh-so-many people have said. I’ve got it from friends/family/colleagues/neighbours throughout my life and as a consequence sticks in my mind.v7fmpFull Member
i have two daughters. One is 16 and from a previous, the other is 6 and from my marriage.
The eldest doesnt live with us, and now being a teenager spends more time with friends than with us.
Whilst i love them both and enjoy the energy the youngest brings to the household, I wouldnt ever want to add another to the mix. And i struggle to understand those that have 2, 3 or more children, especially if all only a year or two apart.
Even more so if you are the type of person that enjoys doing their own stuff. I know some people’s interests are their kids. Their lives revolve around them, which is cool, but its not for me. I enjoy family time and being out on my bike.
But as i say, i love them both and wouldnt want it any other way…. but having more…. **** no!!!
First time I’ve really come across this being any type of “issue”… (oh, apart from the weird conversation I had with a potential date, who said only children were weird. Ok, see ya!)
My son’s 20 and at Uni now. A more balanced individual you couldn’t wish for. He’s a bit quiet with strangers, but I’m sure he’ll get over that (I was too and I did (I’m a middle child)). Rides a mountain bike n everything! Cool kid 🙂13thfloormonkFull Member
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TLDR: grass is always greener 😎
Single child household here, both from 2 child families.
It’s a very tricky balance of selfish vs. unselfish but the reverse of The Brick’s example, we feel having a second would be an unselfish act for our wee boy, it’s pretty tragic watching him trying to play with the bloody cat as his only playmate at home, but selfishly I think a second would break me. Wife is on the fence, probably because she knows it would mostly be on her (I’ve got a difficult/stressful job with a lot of commuting, she doesn’t see much of me during the week).
He’s not always brilliant at playing with other kids, doesn’t deal well with not getting his own way, but he might be like that anyway even if he had a sibling, and in the grander scheme of things I doubt it’s anything out of the ordinary.nukeFull Member
I’m an only child – hated it when I was a kid, hate it now.
This is what i was coming here to say, not from my perspective but from my wife who, despite having a good friendship group as a kid, was still lonely. Her parents wanted more but it just wasn’t to be.
Mine are 17 and 20 now…glad we had 2 but now we’re saying perhaps should of had 3 but that’s easy to say in hindsight as they reach adulthood. Easy to focus on the tough early years but think it’s beneficial to focus on the bigger picture of it getting easier and the lifetime you’ll have with them. Personally i think we chilled out a bit on the second, had a better idea of what to expect….still wasn’t easy but easier.
This just seems to be something that oh-so-many people have said. I’ve got it from friends/family/colleagues/neighbours throughout my life and as a consequence sticks in my mind.
The only ‘issue’ I’ve seen is a determined single-minded streak.
My dad was a single child, my wife’s mum was a single child, our daughter is – all strong willed and won’t stand for shit.
Both my wife’s sisters children have many more issues than our daughter.
To me it’s a myth.
I’m from a family of 3 kids – I’ve not seen my older brother in 13 years, and I see my younger sister 3 or 4 times a year. More doesn’t equal better.
The John Lewis image of perfect Christmas families rarely exists. There’s always one causing trouble and strife! 🙂trail_ratFree Member
I’m an only child.
Wifes from family of three
in later life (now to be fair)i do find my self wishing i had a sibling- more so seeing my wife interaction with her siblings . MY parents couldn’t due to medical issues.
Itll be a rocky road i’m sure – i knew my wife and her siblings through their teenage years – I’m expecting a rough ride
our second is due in may. – our first is currently 3.jp-t853Full Member
Our daughter is an only child and coming up to 16 years of age. She is lovely and very well adjusted with some really great friends. She says she is very happy being an only child. My wife did not work until my daughter went to secondary school and now has a job that fits in with school so they are very close.
Health issues come first in this scenario and make the most of the great child you have.
My FiL died last year and my MiL is a hoarder. I cannot see much evidence that my wifes sisters help that situation much so it is not a given that siblings will see you through the tough times. Hopefully they have a good spouse when these challenges come.
From my own experience my own brother is useless at taking any initative to be involved in family activities as he is too busy working all hours and days so that he can get as big a house and nice a car as possible.
Oh yeah, if they do get into MTBing, you can’t afford to have more than one anyway!polyFree Member
I’m an only child – hated it when I was a kid, hate it now. I look on enviously when friends and colleagues have family days, lunches, go on holiday together with brothers etc.
Grass is always greener. I’m one of 3. Wife is one of 2. Don’t assume you’d actually get on with your siblings. For many families that ideal you describe is actually a chore.
Both my parents are now in failing health and its basically down to me to sort everything – would be so useful to have a sibling or 2 to share the emotional and physical burden.
Those problems are not necessarily better with siblings. Then you have to consult and agree with other people how to handle problems and almost always one is physically closer and ends up with at least more of the physical burden.
He’s not always brilliant at playing with other kids, doesn’t deal well with not getting his own way, but he might be like that anyway even if he had a sibling, and in the grander scheme of things I doubt it’s anything out of the ordinary.
For every stereotype of the single child like this, there is one for the “oldest child” and the “youngest child” etc. Only middle children are perfect.ads678Full Member
Just get a dog. That what we’ve done now ours are grown up a bit and we miss having babies around!!
Single child issues are only issues you make yourself.
Only middle children are perfect.
I’m a middle child the wife is too and we’re the only sane ones in our family! 🙂
For every stereotype of the single child like this, there is one for the “oldest child” and the “youngest child” etc. Only middle children are perfect.
100% people regularly push stereo types on people, but in reality there is little or no correlation. there are so many factors that shape us as people.AkersFull Member
We’re a 2 child family. 2 boys, born 21 months apart. I was an only child, my wife has a sister roughly 2 years older. We both felt having 2 was the right choice. Myself, as I felt I missed out by not having a sibling, my wife, because she and her sister are quite close to this day.
The boys being quite close in age I think helps their bond. They enjoy playing together, and during the COVID lockdowns when the schools were closed, I think this really helped them. They can be a handful at times, but ultimately I think we made the right choice. I’m hoping they’ll be as much friends as brothers when they’re adults.
Thanks everyone! Really appreciate the comments.
We both have sibblings (2 for me, 1 for the wife) and none of us get on.
Parents on both sides had some oddities bringing us up, so we’re both working through the neglect and other issues.
So I’m all too aware that having siblings and family doesn’t mean you get on; blood makes you a relation, not family.stumpyjonFull Member
Not much to add, we have 2, both come from families that have had 2 kids. we found the second one harder in the early years. Don’t regret either of them and 2 was our preference. WOuld have been happy though with one if that had been the case.
For every family group who are tight in later life there are plenty that aren’t. I haven’t really spoken to my brother since I lef thome, he’s insular, still lives with my Dad at 50 and is not interested in anyone other than himself, I might as well not have a sibling. We’re closer with wife’s brother and family but he still behaves like a 15 year with her old despite approaching 50.
Do what’s right for you now, you can’t second guess the future.
I am an only and so is my son. I have been hit with the “Only Child problems” quote a few times in my life, but have seen no evidence of it in real life. My boss of 17 years said he could tell who was an only child, and was visible stunned a few years later when he found out I was.
Curious a few years ago I googled it and things like this; “Only child syndrome is a theory referring to certain characteristics that people may associate with being an only child. However, there is no reliable evidence that being an only child significantly affects personality or behavior. Therefore, current research states that only child syndrome is not real”
in terms of the worries, you clearly agree that your wife has the ultimate say on having another, but I would refer you to the Mark Twain/Winston Churchill quote; “I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.“. In this context, I doubt if there is anything to worry about if you only have one.snotragFull Member
Good read this, thank you all.
I am eldest of 3, partner middle of 3. Both from big ‘full’ familes of cousins, grandparents, aunts, uncles etc.
Looking back decades ago I guess I always assumed I’d be a Parent to 2 or 3 maybe, and I’m sure my partner did. But our Boy is 4.5 now and we are increasingly seeming to converge on that being us done.
I anm definitely guilty in the past of presuming some of the stigmas about only children, and I can’t actually remember knowing any friends at School that were only children.
But I did come to realise that actually, my step sister is/was an only child (only becoming step-sibling in our teens, we never lived together like actual siblings either) and she is fine – in fact, she has a brilliant relationship with her Parents. She also has a daughter, my lads older cousin, a few years older and she is also a great kid.
Theres lot of things I’ve considered when thinking about whether its ‘right’ for my Lad to grow up an only child, and potentially miss somethings Mum and Dad had and have as 1 of 3.
– We have always exposed him to everything possible – right from birth. He went to Nursery not because we had to, but because its life education – he’s not ‘mollycoddled’ or smothered. Has relationships with all sorts of people, our family, friends etc, happy to be without us two and do days out, sleepovers etc.
– He has tonnes of friends already, very sociable, loves going to his brill school, gym club, doing things away from us Parents etc.
– We are getting on, a decade or more older than both our own parents were at this ‘stage’, which is increasingly common in my generation anyway.
– Its crass, but the truth is, we can give him more ‘stuff’ than we might be able to with a brother or sister – holidays, sports, etc etc. That might go right into education, university maybe, who knows. Not saying this shapes who you are, but it cannot be ignored.
– I love my siblings and we all get on as adults but I dont think I really played with them anyway when I was a kid, if anyhting it was 2 vs 1, them vs me. I much preferred (and still do) making my own fun anyway at times! I am also acutely aware that getting on with your siblings is not a given for some people unluckier than us!
rom my own experience my own brother is useless at taking any initative to be involved in family activities as he is too busy working all hours and days so that he can get as big a house and nice a car as possible.
– Both of us work full time, we do OK and have good jobs but neither of us is massively career driven, we work fixed hours and thus we do spend plenty of time together and do tonnes of great stuff both as a 3, or as part of wider family and friends. Theres no ‘he needs someone to play with as we are out at work all week and never see each other’ kind of aspect.
– At the end of the day, like @cokie,
I honestly couldn’t ask for a more amazing child, #insert_more_gushy_stuff#.
I know everyone loves their kids, and obviously to us our boy is great – he’s smart, he’s funny, he’s healthy, we love him to bits etc etc… We cant help but think – ‘what if’ we had another and…?
It doesnt half make us wince watching other parents wrestling 2, 3, or 4 misbehaved kids at the park or cafe, when ours is politely asking us if he can leave the table now please and has put his knife and fork together.
Its a really tricky subject, everyone seems to eventually agree out theres no right or wrong, the grass can always be greener etc… What sticks in my mind is that there are so, so many other outside influences on our lives everyday and things beyond our control that whatever happens in the future, we should not feel guilty for making whatever decision we make in the future.
Do what’s right for you now, you can’t second guess the future
Thats good is that. Your right.
Just to add to my comment earlier, my son is now 19 and seems more than happy/sociable and has a strong group of friends.convertFull Member
We’ve not had children but both my sister and her husband and my sister in law and hers have had just one each. They are both 11. Neither has any family within 200 miles so do it all pretty much solo.
My observation from semi afar is that both families are very tight. They have good lives. I would say both sets of parents do a little bit too much over compensating. Both have expressed ‘guilt’ about their child having no sibling to play with. As a result their children are getting the ‘premium’ service – constant barrage of stuff to do, weekend activities and evenings centred around what their child wants. In one way kind of awesome, in others not so much. Just chillin’ and finding ways not to be bored with a sibling within a handful of years of your age is a healthy thing imo – for both the parents and the kids. However more than a 4 year gap negates much of that. My sister is a few days under 4 years younger than me and I think that’s at the edge of what’s great when a kid – more and you just don’t have much in common. My wife and her sister are only 2 years in age different and had a much closer bond as kids than I did with mind. That’s probably continued into later life too.
Now talking as a teacher…imo it’s a common 21st century parenting issue that too many parents don’t model very healthy adult lives to their kids. They allow every family decision and all down time to be about the kids. My favourite families have devoted parents that take their kids to stuff but do stuff themselves too. Sometimes the kids ‘have’ to spend time watching dad go to swim training or judo or mum windsurf and both witness parents being more than parents but also learn the art of patience and appreciation that it’s not all about them.CougarFull Member
on the other hand you get the single child ‘issue'(?)
What do you perceive that issue to be?
Honestly (speaking as an only child who never reproduced so obviously a totally qualified expert), I think you’re overthinking this. Either you both want another child, or you don’t. Anything else is whataboutery, if you’re reaching for excuses to have another or excuses not to have another then you’re probably leaning towards the wrong decision.stevenmenmuirFree Member
In these sort of threads I reckon everyone is right and only you can know what’s right for you. I’m not sure it’s that much harder having two compared to one. My brother in law has three and it’s a nightmare but the kids are great and it would probably be a nightmare if he only had one. I have a sister and we’re not close but I’m glad there are two of us to look out for our parents. At the moment that’s mostly her responsibility but at the moment it’s just help with buying stuff online. My MIL has dementia and it means I’m free to help my partner and her brother and as much as he’s a nightmare at times at least they have each other and can share the load.tthewFull Member
I’ve got the one daughter who’s 22. She’s good as gold, not really been any trouble or seems to have been held back socially by not having a sibling.
Maybe a controversial statement, but I suspect a happy and stable family unit of however many, is probably more important than having a brother or sister.midlifecrashesFull Member
I’m one of five, and being Irish and Catholic there was obviously a bit of stigma of being from a small family, but we managed ok.
We have three, spread over 5 years, youngest now 20, so I assume things have changed a fair bit since then, but from a logistics point of view of daily life, we didn’t find two to be more challenging than one. Three compared to two, though seemed to more than double the hassle of various things, mostly travel and holiday related. Cars, hotels, seating on trains etc all works well with 2+2, but 2+3 and things get awkward or expensive.
If any of my kids expect me to be a regular childcare provider for them they can take a running jump, but no sign of that on the horizon anyway, but that doesn’t make me useless, it’s presumption to expect if for someone else’s kids.
There are no right answers, but having thought about it, you’re pretty likely to work out what might work best for you and get on with it. Good luck whatever way you choose.scruffythefirstFree Member
I’ve got 4 girls. 2&3 were twins, which was brutal, I didn’t want a 4th but didn’t really get a choice. Wouldn’t sell any of them now though as they’re all awesome in their own way.
The dynamic with 4 is tough, they’re all still young and fight for attention. With 3 around it’s much calmer.
As a single dad the age gap is still quite large 2.5-6.5yo so some stuff is much harder – group rides at the twins level bores the eldest and the little one has to go on the shotgun seat.
Thanks again for everyones thoughts!
It’s put my mind some what at ease.MoreCashThanDashFull Member
I’d be basing this on the wife’s health issue. Two kids and a seriously impacted wife would be awful for you all.
I was an only child, but back in the 70s and 80s, when you went out with mates after school for hours or had mates through Scouts and sports rather than actual siblings
We have two kids, a boy now 19 and a daughter aged 16. They’ve had a great relationship on the whole, enough shared interests to bond and enough separate interests to become their own people.
They are both the centres of my world, even as they start to leave the nest. I’ve no shortage of love, pride and support for both of them.
What I don’t have is time and money – when the second is little you can drag them along to activities with the big one, but when you suddenly need to be running around and funding two lots of interests it gets expensive and pressured very quickly.
Having one is precious. Don’t risk your wife’s health for a second.
Or, if you really want a second, consider adoption. Removes the risk of a second pregnancy.nicko74Full Member
OP, I’m in a v similar position to you, in terms of current kid, challenges of a second, etc; but a bit older (which is another factor to consider).
I feel we’re definitely at a stage in our kid’s development that it pops into my head quite often that it’d be amazing to have a sibling, and that it’s perhaps quite lonely having a family unit that’s just one kid and the parents. We don’t have close cousins about the same age, and so I worry about it.
For us it’s easier in a way because there’s less of a decision – it’s really not viable for us to have a second due to medical aspects, so we just kind of live with it. And we’re obviously not lesser parents because of it, and of course are able to devote all our parenting time on our existing child.
And it occurred to me this week that probably the best things we can do are provide a really stable environment; stay close with our (currently close) friends who have kids around the same age, and try to minimise chopping and changing neighbourhoods, schools etc. It’s all ‘nice to have’ stuff, but hopefully will mean our child will at least have long-term friends and be comfortable with that social network despite not having a sibling.
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Simply use code HELLO54 at checkout.
(New annually renewing membership only. Excludes Gift Memberships, Discount applies to first year. Cannot be used in conjunction with other offers, or when switching memberships)