Large Families Equal Poverty
There is a Strict Correlation Between Poverty and Large Families
Joseph Rowntree, a sociologist and president of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, , asserted that the rate of poverty is vastly greater in large families(6 or more children per household) than it is in small families(1-2 children per household). Betty Cockrum, CEO of Planned Parenthood of Indiana, purported that poverty is more likely to occur in large families than in small families. Jonathan Bradshaw, a professor of Social Policy, further substantiated that the poverty risk in children from large families is more than twice that of children from small families.
Daniel R. Meyer, Professor of Social Work, and Geoffrey L. Wallace, Associate Professor of Public Affairs and Economics, both of the University of Wisconsin, concurred that poverty is rife in large families because there are less financial resources allotted per child than it is in small families where there are more financial resources allotted per child. In a magazine article in THE OBSERVER, it maintained that small families are the key in the reduction of child poverty. This is because in large families, there are more mouths to feed and there are very few financial resources to do so.
Of course, these statements are true. It is common knowledge that in large families, there are more children per household than there are monies to be allotted. In large families, financial and economic resources are stretched to the limit. Parents of large families are in a constant struggle to provide for their large number of children which they often are unable to do.
As a result of having very little financial and economic resources allotted per each child in large families, children learn to do without certain necessities in order to make ends meet. Life in large families are often a very tenuous and arduous struggle for just mere survival. In large families, parents are barely ekeing out a decent living for their families as it is near to impossible to adequate support a large number of children. Large families have a very low standard of living-just living at a minimally subsistence level.
Children in large families frequently do not receive medical care as their parents could ill afford such care. Oftentimes, the only medical care children from large families received is school sponsored medical care. If there was no school sponsored medical care available, they would receive no type of medical care.
They are also malnourished because their parents cannot afford to purchase fresh and nutritional foods as they are too costly. Children from large families do not receive the proper proteins and vitamins in their diets. They often subsist on powdered, processed, and canned foods which often do not provide basic nutritional value. The average parent of a large families find it extremely difficult to adequately feed their children. .
Children from large families live at a barely subsistence level and below. Their lives are a series of economic struggles and living from day to day. As a result of impoverished socioeconomic conditions, they develop strong survival instincts. They also develop a harshly cynical view of the world, believing it to be a harsh and unwelcoming place to be. They also develop a fight response, thinking that it is either them or the environment. The average child from a large family is usually devoid of refinement and empathy because of the tenuous environment which they grew up in. Children from large families can be described as street/life savvy and rough around the edges.
There is a direct correlation between impoverishment, large family size, and its relation to juvenile delinquency. Children from large families often gravitate towards delinquent activities because their home lives are so miserable that they steal and/or commit other egregious acts as a defense mechanism to deflate from their impoverished surroundings. When I was in high school, a friend of mine who attended public school, stated that there was a gang of girls from impoverished large families who regularly shook down and bullied more affluent classmates for lunch monies because they did not have any monies.
The average large family unit often must depend upon outside assistance in order to stay afloat. This assistance is often through charitable agencies, more affluent relatives, and donations from strangers. As a result of impoverishment, many people who grew up in large families develop a poverty consciousness. They only believe in living at a mere subsistence level and do not yearn for a more socioeconomic affluent way of living. They are inundated through their familial environment not to aspire to a higher standard of living, being content to remain and live in poverty throughout their lives.
It has been documented forever that poverty has a disastrous and deleterious effect on children. Furthermore, psychologists further documented and authenticated that children from large families are usually low academic achievers. Of course, this is the result of the double variables of poverty and large family size.
Parents of large families do not have the emotional resources to devote to each child. Furthermore, there is little financial resources in large families. Everything is stretched to the limit. There is hardly any money allotted in large families to purchase necessities, let alone educational and intellectual paraphernalia that would assist a child to be a high academic achiever. Children in large families do not have educational and intellectual materials in their home as children growing up in small families do.
As a result of the abovementioned factors, children from large families are at an extreme disadvantage when they start school. They have a lack of academic preparedness which manifiests itself in lower levels of reading, language, and math skills. Furthermore, because of the impoverishment which is prevalent in large families, education and academic achievement are not encouraged.
Parents of large families do not put an emphasis on education for their children that parents of small families do. Children from large families usually do not complete their education because their parents need them to contribute to the family income. They are often lucky if they complete their secondary education. Seldom do children from large families attend college and beyond. This means that they are locked in the cycle of poverty as their parents are with no hope of getting out. As you see, the main emphasis of large families is pure survival and nothing else.
To summarize, sociologists and social scientists concur that poverty is greater in large families than it is small families. This is because there is less monies available than the number of children. Living standards are the lowest in large families for the same reasons-fewer economic resources in relation to the large number of children in the same household.
Children in large families often are malnourished and receive little or no medical care. Many of them do have school sponsored medical care which is fortunate. If not, many children from large families would receive no type of medical care as their parents could ill afford it.
As a result of growing up impoverished, children from large families have developed a mindset of believing that the world is a harsh place. They also develop a very keen sense of survivalism and a very aggressive mentality. Because of their impoverishment, many children from large families are often drawn into delinquent and related activities. They do not to act out against their impoverished home environment.
Impoverishment and large families also present a severe disadvantage when these children start school. Children from large families usually poor school preparedness which translates in low reading, language, and math skills. Because of impoverishment, children from large families often do not complete their education as they are needed to contribute to their family income. As a result of the lack of education, children of large families have no hope of ever getting out of poverty. The life of the large family is a life of poverty. Only education regarding contraception will change this. The saying that small families live better is truism.
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