23 Jan '11, 10am

Does a 'complete' family have to have both boys & girls?

"GREAT news that the Beckhams are expecting their fourth child! Hope they get a pink one!" tweeted TV presenter and mother of one daughter, Amanda Holden. I bristled. Holden was, of course, referring to David and Victoria Beckham's brood of three sons, and their desire for a daughter. TV chef Jamie Oliver also spoke of his delight, in September, at finally having a son after three daughters. Throughout all these high-profile pregnancies, I've seen giddy speculation in the celebrity press, even in the news, over whether the imminent offspring would complete the showbiz dynasty with the alternate genitalia. As much as these reports are in lighthearted fun, to me, a mother of two sons, they are a maddening reminder of the perceived importance of having at least "one of each". While I can't relate to any parent who feels they desperately need one gender over the other, no one ...

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