- Politics and Social Issues
Small Families Have a High Quality of Life
Small Families Have More Financial Resources Which Lead to an Overall Better Quality of Life
It is common knowledge that small families have more economic, financial, and material resources than large families. This is because parents who have small families are more educated and affluent than their counterparts who have large families. Sociological studies confirm that small families live better and have vastly more material resources at their disposal than large families who often live from hand to mouth.
Because there are more financial and material resources to go around in the small families, they are more likely to participate in cultural, intellectual, and educational actitivities. The majority of homes with small families have books and computers as well as other educational materials for them to enjoy and participate in. The average small family also goes to museums and attend plays within their vicinity rather it would be Broadway, state, local, and/or neighborhood plays. .
As a result of having the financial resources to participate and enjoy cultural and intellectual activities, children growing up in small families have excellent cultural skills. By cultural skills, I mean that children from small families are often exposed to varied cultural and intellectual activities. They are usually well travelled and participate in educational events such as opera and/or dancing/music classes. They often go to varied restaurants where they are exposed to a myriad of cuisines. As a result of being exposed to various cultural and intellectual events and/or activities, children from small families are quite universal and cosmopolitan in their outlook, not being insular in their perception of life.
There is a very close relationship between parents and children in small families because they do things together. Parents have more time to devote to children in small families than they do in large families. Parents spending time with their children is an educational experience. By participating in cultural and intellectual activities with their parents, children in small families develop an intellectual and cultural maturity. Children in small families are often mature and sophisticated beyond their years. Children in small families have a cultural savvy which is not present in children in large families.
In small families, parents plan and strategize for their and their children's financial future. Monies are saved for investments, retirement and long term care in addition to their children's college and postgraduate education. The concept of education is highly prized in the homes and culture of small families. The culture of the small family also stress the importance of the higher social needs such as the appreciation of beauty and self-actualization.
People of course are more universalistic and open-minded in the small family environment as the parents and the children have more friends and associates than the large family where it is more parochial and insular. Parents and children in small families are exposed to various cultures of people as they travel more and participate in various intellectual events. On average, parents who have small families are highly educated, intelligent, and enlightened. This makes them more likely to expose their children to educational activities such as overseas travel, fine restaurants, the opera, and going to lectures and recitals. By attending these events with their parents, children from small families are exposed to varied cultures, opinions, beliefs, and lifestyles. Also they learn the importance of culture and beauty in their lives.
People in small families often have disposable income and do not have to live from hand to mouth. Small families are not as stressed out as large families in terms of economic and material resources. Children in small families usually have an excellent sense of material well being. They also have more privacy and space than children from large families who have no privacy and space.
Children in small families are also refined and have class. Children in small families do not have a hardscrabble existence and are not hard. Because they grew up in more affulent socioeconomic circumstances, they appreciate the better things of life and are more likely to be charitable. Many of the children I know who came from small families regularly donated their clothes and toys to more disadvantaged children. I know that as a child, I routinely donated my clothes and toys to more disadvantaged children including my cousins who grew up very poor.
People who grew up in small families usually appreciate the better things of life. They are avid travellers and participants in educational activities. People from small families are voraciously readers and participate in higher and more advanced cultural activities e.g. going to lectures than people from large families who participate in less cultural activities such as hanging out without any reasonable plan and engaging in other mindless events.
People who grew up in small families are taught to provide the better things of life to their children. Parents from small families are more self-sacrificing and more ambitious in that they believe in affording their children opportunities to travel and participate in cultural actitvities. Parents from small families further inculcate their children with the importance of their higher social needs such as self-actualization and the apprecation of beauty. Parents from small families routinely provide their children with books and other educational paraphernalia.
Because of the socioeconomic affluence in small families which lead to extensive exposure to cultural, educational, and intellectual activities, children in small families are less likely to engage in deleterious and delinquent activities. In addition to affluence being present in the small family, children in small families are wanted, desired, and feel special which also results in they not gravitating towards such activities. Sociological studies authenticate that there are fewer delinquents and criminals in small families than there are in large families. This is because of the poor socioeconomic conditions and the lack of parental attention in the large family.
Children who grew up in small families do not have the poverty consciousness that children who grew up in large families have. They are very comfortable with and relish being affluent. People from small families realize that having disposable income afford them more opportunity to travel, have better quality of clothing, and other luxuries such as going to restaurants, having educational videos, books, and other related activities. They further believe that being affluent makes one a better person who can strive for higher things as they are not so preoccupied with scrimping and living from hand to mouth. The small family is a good thing. In essence, small families do live better and enjoy life more. I say, quality supercedes quantity anytime! over quantity! Amen to that premise!
© 2011 Grace Marguerite Williams