How does family size affect how much parents do for their children?

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  1. gmwilliams profile image82
    gmwilliamsposted 6 years ago

    How does family size affect how much parents do for their children?

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    JThomp42posted 6 years ago

    It really depends on what size you are talking about? If a couple has 10 children, Unless the Father has a great job, The mother is going to have to work also. Then their free time is going to have to be spread out to each child individually. This is very important for a child to have it's Mother or Father's complete attention.

    1. gmwilliams profile image82
      gmwilliamsposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      True, that is very small families are the best.   In small familiels, children receive the individualized attention they need.  Also there are more monies allotted per child so the child have the best things in life e.g. educationi, travel, clothess.

  3. lburmaster profile image83
    lburmasterposted 6 years ago

    The more children, the less chance some of the children will have to be educated, go different places, etc. However, another factor in this question would be money. The more money a family has, the more children they can afford. Growing up, a friend of mine had 11 brothers and sisters. They were disorganized, had two special needs children, never got the chances other of their friends did, etc. Many things were different and I would be interested to see how they turned out so far.

    1. gmwilliams profile image82
      gmwilliamsposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      iburmaster, I totally concur with your answer.   What you have stated is mostly commonsense.   What you have said about children from large families has been substantiated time and time again-poor outcome for kids of large families!

  4. KristenN4Boys profile image61
    KristenN4Boysposted 6 years ago

    Most definitely. I have four boys and it's difficult to spread out my time among them. Not to mention, financially, I am much more restricted with what I can do. All of them are involved in sports. My older two boys have played travel soccer and basketball (1 soccer, 1 bball). My 12 year old is patiently waiting his turn. In the meantime, he and his younger brother play recreation sports.

    I find that my youngest gets more of my attention because he's a "tad bit" more high maintenance. I am divorced, so in the past I've asked that when they're with their dad, I get one of the boys every so often to take to lunch, go to the movies, etc.

    It's difficult to juggle but my boys know they are ALL my #1's.

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      Garifaliaposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Sounds like you're a very, very good mother. Bravo.

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    Garifaliaposted 6 years ago

    I know a family with ten (10) children. Both parents are middle school teachers. I taught three of the older children English and when I visited them at home it was as if there were no children at all. They were very well disciplined which is quite hard to do. Nowadays, due to wage cuts, the family is not doing as well as it used to. As Iburmaster has commented, the income affects the amenities that the parents can provide for their children. I have three (25 yrs, 23 yrs and 12 yrs old) and it is a problem for me as well. Especially since my adult children are unemployed and must rely on us. The attention, though, that a parent gives the children must always be what they need. In the family I mentioned earlier, I am sure it is a problem at times but because the parents are very religious, they do their best [there's a question however, if that's enough for the children]. Making certain that each child knows the parent loves, approves and believes in it is most important. Everything else can one way or another be found. Finally, as in the example I have given, when parents are educated and know why they want children, it makes a whole lot of difference!


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