Children of large families must LEARN to do WITHOUT even some necessities. When they are older, if they want the things other children have, they have to take afterschool and weekend jobs to acquire such things. They won't be able to participate in cultural and intellectual activities as such activities cost monies. They have to create their own mode of entertainment.
Parents of large families(6 or more kids) must live at the subsistent level at best. Many parents of large families are below water socioeconomically. It is commonplace for large families to depend upon charities and other forms of outside assistatance through religious organizations and more affluent relatives to keep them socioeconomically afloat. Many children from large families depend upon schools to receive medical and dental care. Children of large families regularly participate in free breakfast and lunch programs as there is often or not insufficient amounts of food in the household.
Parents of large families have to buy canned and powdered foods and food products as such are very cheap. They cannot afford to purchase fresh produce, meats, grains, and vegetables as such is costly and beyond the budget of the average large family. Children in large families oftentimes have to consume less nutritious foods. They also have to purchase clothings and other items at the Salvation Army, Goodwill, and other second hand stores. They can also get clothing from charities and other donations.
Since parents cannot adequately raise a large family by themselves, the oldest and/or older children become parentified, assuming parenting duties to their younger siblings. Oldest children in large families have LITTLE or FREE individualized time. What free time they have is spent raising and being parents to their siblings. Parents of large families are seldom involved in their children's lives. Children learn to raise and care for themselves at a very young age.
In the life of large families, children's summers are spent working to supplement family income and/or to purchase things for school and for themselves. Unless the child is on a scholarship, he/she will attend public schools. Parents of large families CANNOT afford to send their children to any form of private and/or parochial school. That is totally out of the question. As the children become older, they will have to work full-time to help supplement income. College-no such thing for children in large families!