Many people now opt for two children or one child. In the olden days couples had more children and such family atmosphere was often innocently endearing and emotionally self-sufficient.
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The Waltons presents a very realistic image of the large family as impoverished and struggling. More children do not make for a happy home as evidenced in this tv series. In fact, it makes for a highly stressed and chaotic and impoverished home!
The premise that the more, the merrier is totally atavistic. Large families often add more stress to the family, especially if the family is a one income family. The father is stressed out because there is a large number of children to support!
No it is not. TV shows are just fairy tales. The reality of the situation is that there are more stress created by larger numbers of people living under one roof. There are varied personalities always vying for one thing or another-jeez!