Is it better to grow up in a large family or small family?

October 27, 2011 1:52pm CST
I'd say the answer to your question is going to be rather subjective. I know people from large families who are quite happy with their circumstances and would't trade their many siblings for anything. And I know people who are only children or who have only one sibling who were content growing up that way. On the other hand, I have a friend who is an only child. He'd had given anything to have had brothers and sisters. I have several sisters myself and when I was growing up I almost hated them. I regularly wished I was an only child. Now, however I cherish all of my sisters, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, step family, in-laws,etc.
7 responses
@maximax8 (28559)
• United Kingdom
31 Oct 11
I think that all that matters is the child grows up in a loving and caring home. There has to be the right sort of environment so the child or children feel happy and secure. Families come in all different sizes and many different sizes can be ideal. For example a family with mom, day two boys and three girls might be excellent but so too would a family with a mom, dad and two girls. I would feel sorry for an only child that is one that doesn't have any siblings. I think it is superb for a child to have one or more sibling. These days there are many single parents and their children can be happy too. I think that two to three years between siblings is ideal.
• India
28 Oct 11
Larger or smaller family is not a criteria for becoming great.but test on fire makes fine steel.so a person born in a small family may have the more capacity to tolerate adverse situations.
@vexxus (708)
• Philippines
28 Oct 11
i think its better to grow up in a large family, because the more brothers and sisters the happier. but, at times like this i mean the global economy raising a large family is not easy as being happy.
@safety69 (592)
• Taiwan
28 Oct 11
The old families usually had more than nine children and they raised them with a lot of effort. I am the last one of nine children, and my childhood was very happy, but, my oldest brothers and sisters had a very hard time even had to work at a very early age, We all love and care about eachother, the ones that are doing well help the others that are not doing very well, We believe in united Our parents taught us. Nowadays , we can not afford to have so many kids and there are many ways we can control that, I think 2 or 3 kids are enough , nine too many and one too lonely, We need to have a family to share with.
@Porcospino (18396)
• Denmark
27 Oct 11
I was an only child till I was 8 and I had a my friend who had six brothers and sisters. When I watched them play together I wished that I also had many brothers and sisters, because it looked like they had a lot of fun together. I was jealous at my friend because she was a part of such a large family...and she was jealous at me because I didn't have to share my toys with anyone I think that there are advantages about disadvantages about both kinds of families. If you are part of a large family and have a close relationship to your brothers and sisters I think that a big family is an advantage. Many of the only children that I have met have a closer relationship to their parents than other children and they get more materials things that people who have to share with many brothers and sisters. They appreciate those things, but they are still sad that they don't have any siblings.
• Philippines
27 Oct 11
large and small families have their own pro's and con's. i have a small family of five but grew up in an extended family. large family can be fun but sometimes it can be noisy and messy. being an only child means you have all the attention and care of your parents.
@mr_pearl (5037)
• India
27 Oct 11
Hi... Once again we come to compare quality vs quantity... For me it doean't matter how many people you're staying with? What matters is what type of peopple tney're.. One can stay with 2 good n decent ones with conscience... Staying with 200 stupids wouldn't help anyway... Good luckl