What Are The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Living In A Big Family?

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Charlotte St. Aubyn Profile
Advantages of living in a big family:
•        There is less chance of the children being lonely as they have other siblings to play with and talk to.
•        The older children are likely to help out with the house work when they are older. They may also be able to help with babysitting their younger siblings.
•        Younger children can look to their older siblings as positive role models. They can also either ask them or their parents for help if they have a problem.
•        As there are more siblings in the household, children learn how to form relationships may be easier than it would be for an only child for example.
•        Being in a bigger family with more people to talk to may help a child develop quicker. For example, with more voices in the house, a toddler may even start talking quicker.
•        Siblings learn how to share their belongings and how to live in harmony with each other which may make them more responsible.
Disadvantages of living in a big family:
•        As there are more people living in the home, the cost of food, bills etc will be higher. As a result the family budget may be more constrained and there may be less disposable income for things such as holidays and eating out.
•        There may be a lot of confrontations and arguments. With so many personalities in the household, there are times when family members do not get on.
•        The parents may find it difficult to spend quality with each of their children on an individual basis. They may also find it impossible to have private time away from them.
•        There may be more sibling rivalry as they compete for the attention of their parents.
•        If one person gets a cold or flu, it is probably only a matter of time before the rest of the family gets it too.
suman kumar Profile
suman kumar answered
There are more advantages than disadvantages in living in a big family. You will have the feeling of responsibility. More love & affection will be there in between family members
APPLE APPLE Profile
APPLE APPLE answered
Oh wow..I'm reading Grace's post and I just have to say not all large family are like that...

Being the oldest of 10 younger siblings, I do I have to admit that when all my siblings were still young, things were a bit tough and I had to help out. [I had to do a lot of chores/babysit.] But I was still able to enjoy my childhood, hang out with my friends and play around. I have fond memories of places and things I've done with my large family.

As half of the little brats are older now, everyone is getting very opinionated but we all still share a wacky bond and depend on each other. My siblings and I take turn doing chores so it doesn't fall on just one person.

My parent are a bit wiped out from having to deal with so many teenagers in the house, but I know they wouldn't had had it any other way.

Even with everyone home, a person can still get some peace and quite. Not so bad.
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grace williams answered
There are only disadvantages being in a large family.  Parents do not have the economic and emotional resources to devote to each child.  Children in large families have a very poor sense of self as they are taught to live and think in packs.  Children in large families are impoverished and are not used to the finer things in life as children from small families are. 

Children raise themselves in large families as the parents DO NOT RAISE THEM.  I am sorry, IT IS THE OLDEST SIBLING WHO GIVES UP A CHILDHOOD to raise younger siblings.    The oldest sibling have no individual life in large families and are treated as chattel and as slave labor.  Since children in large families have  to scrimp and save at every turn, they develop a poverty consciousness and learn to purchase THE CHEAPEST and MOST INFERIOR items.    They also lead a very hardscrabble life which makes them rough around the edges and uncouth.

Children from large families are low academic achievers as there are no books and other educational paraphenalia in their homes.  Their vocabularies and mannerisms are more childish and rudimentary than that of children from small families who have more advanced vocabularies because there are books and educational paraphenalia in their homes. 

Children from large families are poor or impoverished and must relay upon outside assistance as their parents can ill afford to provide for them.  Children from large families do not attend college thus being relegated to the poorest jobs.  Children from large families tend to adopt a more passive attitude towards life and are no as proactive as children from small families.  Children from large families do not know how to spend time alone but must be part of the groupthink.

Girls from large families tend to marry early and/or have teenage pregnancies while tboys from large families tend to indulge in delinquent activities.  Girls from large families also tend to have lots of unplanned pregnancies and a poverty mentality.  They do not believe in using contraception of any kind. 

Parents from large families tend to be harsher and less nurturing towards their children than parents from small families.  Parents from large families tend to be more physcially abusive towards their children as that was in their environment.  Parents from large families usually do not care with providing their children with cultural and intellectual activities like parents from small families do.

Children from large families tend to get alzheimer's disease later in life because of their early socioeconomic environment.    Children from large families are more sicky and less healthy than children from small families.  Children from large families tend to end up on the lower socioeconomic rung of things.

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