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Raise your hand if you're an only child or your one of two. Now Raise it if you're one of three children. How about FOUR OR MORE. Interesting isn't it, how the number of hands decrease as the number of children increases. The modern perception seems to be that big families are too much of a hassle: too much work and effort. They are perceived as being too expensive economically and too stressful on the parents. In our modern day era families are becoming less and less the miniature society they once were, but rather small households with only one or two children. Despite all the negative ideas that are supposedly associated with large families, there are countless joys and pleasures that can be found. I myself acclaim to this, being the eldest in a household of 5. Five children, not just five family members. According to an IAD Social Research Division Report conducted in 2005, large families, (which are families with three or more kids) make up only one fifth, approx 20% of all families with dependent children, with the remaining majority of families being made up of single child or two child families. ...read more.


As said in The Book of Psalms 133:1-2: "How good it is, how pleasant, where the brothers dwell as one!" Having large families can also be seen as a positive because in actuality, the people of the world are our greatest resources. What if Nelson Mandela's parents had only had their first two children, or if Michael Jackson's folks stopped after two.... We would have been robbed a great artist and an even greater figurehead of peace and conciliation. It is human ingenuity that discovers creative solutions to the problems which confront us. People without children should remember that it will be someone else's child who will become the doctor that performs their life-saving operations. Someone else's child will become the firefighter that saves their house. Someone else's child will become the railroad engineer. As Mother Teresa once said: "How can there be too many children? That's like saying there are too many flowers." It most certainly is economically difficult having a large family. Yet as a child of five, I feel these hardships have in fact helped not hindered me. A child in a large family learns the most precious gift: charity and generosity. ...read more.


The laughter and giggles, squeals and chatter. Even th etears and cries and yes, sometimes screams. I have the loudest house on the block and I revel in it. One day, hopefully a long time from now, my husband and I will pass on. When we do, my children will have a strong family support system. They will never be left completely alone. They will have each other. I have one sister. I love her but we're not what I would call close. I wish I had a sister or a brother that I was very close to, that I really connected with. When you have more siblings, you have more of a chance that there will be someone in the mix you really hit it off with. Play dates, schmay dates. My children have a constant play date. Best friends, protectors, confidants and shoulders to cry on are always available. My olde children are learning to be parents. They get to practice now, under a watchful adult eye. My sons will be amazing fathers and will never be afraid to hold a newborn. I love my large family. And as it grows, I love it even more. Our house is so full of love it may burst at the seems. I pray that it does! For when love bursts forth it touches everyone around us. ...read more.

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