Does Family Size Matter?

December 02, 2017 08:32 PM

Does Family Size Matter?

December 02, 2017 08:32 PM

Some people contemplate the positives and negatives of a bigger family as opposed to a smaller one. A large family is a common trait in Eastern societies, while a smaller family can be more prevalent in Western societies.

In our Middle Eastern cultures, the bigger the family, the better. The values and advantages are considered to be numerous, such as eating at a big table, having a richer conversation, and, most importantly, knowing that these brothers and sisters are always going to be there to provide support for one another.

However, there are a number of disadvantages which drive some couples to choose to limit the number of children to three as a maximum. These parents believe that in order for them to have better quality time with their children and being able to focus on providing for them will create a more profound connection between family members where there is a smaller number of children.

Another major factor, being the elephant in the room, is the financial aspect of raising children. More children will definitely require more capital to provide for all of their needs, including a better quality of education. Ultimately, the financial status of a couple plays a major role in determining the number of children they can have.

Deciding the number of children in a family must come after careful consideration of the extent of time, money and energy a couple is willing to offer their children.

 

References:

www.womenosophy.com

www.healthychildren.org