Parents of large families(6 and more children per household) have to sacrifice and live on an extremely strict budget. Children in large families have to learn early in life to make do even without some necessities so monies are tight and more monies have to be allocated per child. Children in large families oftentimes have after school and weekend jobs in order to buy the things other children have or have monies for desired activities.
Parents of large families have to buy discount and in bulk when it comes to food, clothing, and other necessities. Stores such as Costco and B.Js cater to large families. Shopping has to be done in thrift shops and second hand stores such as Salvation Army and Goodwill. Even the cheapest discount clothing stores are out of the purview of the average large family. They can also look into charities where clothing is donated. When it comes to food, it is best to purchase canned and powdered food as such foods are more economical and less expensive.
Children have to depend upon their schools for what health and medical care they are going to receive. Parents can get their health and medical needs taken care for from moblie health units within their respective communities. They can also participate in free medical programs through a hospital or medical care center.
Oldest children will have to assist in raising their younger siblings as their parents are not able to raise a large number of children by themselves. Many oldest children in large families are THE TRUE PARENTS instead of the actual parents. To the oldest children of large families, your childhood and adolesecence are a thing of the past. Your free time will be filled with parenting and caretaking duties for both parents and younger siblings. That is a fact of life.
Many times, children in large families raise themselves and each other. Parents simply cannot devote the needed time to each child. In large families, the older children get cast aside while the younger children receive MOST of the parental care. That is normal in the large family environment. Children in large famlies learn to be on their own devices VERY EARLY, they either must swim or sink! They had better as their parents are not able to be there for them!
Since monies are tight, parents will need extra hands to supplement family income. In addition to afterschool and weekend jobs, many children in large families work throughout the summer. As they become older, many are forced to discontinue their education because there is no monies for education since monies are going to the necessities. They are lucky if they complete secondary education; of course, advanced education is totally out of the question. The average child from large families have to work after high school to help their parents make ends meet.