A few months ago, my favourite cousin (“A”)and I had a spirited conversation about the parenting skills of some of the younger members of our extended family. It must be noted that my cousin and I are child-free, having made a separate, similar, decision more than three decades ago not to be encumbered with offspring.

We were, we said — a little hollowly, if I think back on it now — fighting the brave fight against our ticking-time-bomb biological clocks. We called it a good cause, helping keep the world’s population down.

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