Families come in all sizes and all families are special. Generally, a family with four or more children is considred to be a "large" family. For some families, this can occur when the mother or father has children from a previous relationship and then "blends" the family together as one. For others, a large family may come in the form of adoptive or foster children, some in addition to ther biological children they already have. Still, for others a large family may come naturally and both mother and father are biological parents to all of the children in the home. When it comes to a living in a large family, there are situations and concerns that are not always an issue in a family with one or two children. There are pros and cons to raising a family with lots of children.
Perhaps the biggest concern for most families with many children is money. Not only do children need to be clothed, fed, entertained and sheltered as infants and young children, they will also eventually need cars, educations and other items as they grow up. FInding affordable and quality daycare has often been a struggle for large families that need the stability of two incomes.
Besides finances, other large families often are faced with the fact that there simply are not enough hours in the day to give each child the one on one attention that they often demand. Some families combat this with a buddy sytem or "special" days with mom and dad. Usually, children that grow up in a large family are healthy and happy and appreciate the family that surrounds them.
The benefits of having a large family are plentiful. The children always feel like there is someone around to play with and share their time with. Because there are more people living in the home, chores can be divided easier. Each person can be responsible for keeping up with their particular chore. Older children are often paired up with younger siblings to help them throughout their daily tasks. Lastly, there is always enough love to go around! Hugs, kisses and other means of affection are readily available for each and every member of the family!
If you are part of a large family, feel free to share your story or other comments that would be beneficial to others. Suggestions on daily activities, routines and organization are appreciated.
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