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Thanks for your insightful comments. Certainly some things I hadn't thought of.
Thank you for choosing my answer. Large families were for more agragian times & when people did not know any better. In the modern era, there is NO excuse whatsoever to have large families. In fact, large families are totally UNNECESSARY!
I really think you need to clarify that you are referring to large families in poverty, because all the large families (10+ kids) that I've spent quality time around are none of the things you describe.
Having children consists more of the physical act, it involves emotional and psychological time in addition to allocation of finances. The more children one has, the more diluted parental resources are emotionally, psychologically,& financially
I didn't speak of financial resources only. In fact, my first statement was, Will they have the emotional resources to give the children the attention they need and deserve. The financial commitment is important, but a secondary one in my mind.
You are right. Having children implies a very long emotional and financial commitment.
It's IMPOSSIBLE for parents to have the wherewithal emotionally, financially, & psychologically to properly raise a large family. Oldest children are pressed to RAISE younger siblings. It's normal for large family household to go WITHOUT.