These days having more than two children must be considered a counter-cultural act. For those who have many more kids than just two, they are looked at cross-eyed by a majority of our society. But fear not, for there remain at least six advantages of having a big family.
Here they are, in no particular order.
1. You’re a Little Less Likely to End Up in a Nursing Home
These days it is assumed that old people, who need extra attention due to health concerns will end up in nursing homes. This is sad.
But, one of the advantages of having a big family remains having many children. This means increasing the likelihood at least one of them will have pity on you in your old age and take you in.
Yes, playing canasta would be fun to do with fellow old people at the nursing home. However, hopefully instead, you will get the opportunity to spend your later years in the company of your children and grandchildren.
2. Serve as a Distraction at the Checkout Line
On a lighter note, another of the advantages of a big family is serving as a distraction at the checkout line at the grocery store.
Sure, you will receive many rude remarks.
“Are all those kids yours?”
“How selfish of you!”
“Are you sure they all get enough to eat?”
But on the other hand, as long as people are watching your large family, they are not gazing at the soft porn magazines in the racks around you. See? You’re saving people from that occasion of sin.
3. Easier to Avoid Certain Members of Your Family at the Annual Reunion
Maybe you will not admit it aloud, but you probably have a particular uncle or cousin or two you don’t really care for. Each Christmas at the annual family reunion, you dread his snide remarks and obnoxious behavior.
Well, another one of the advantages of a big family remains having some extra buffer from those annoying relatives. The more siblings you have, the more people your uncle or cousin can talk to.
Hopefully, this means less time you have to spend talking to that person. If he corners you in the dining room when you both go for an extra cup of fruit punch, just call your sister over. Then duck out of the conversation.
4. Built-in Playmate for Your Kids Means More Productivity for You
Sure, the more kids you have means more diapers to change. However, between getting their diapers changed and getting fed, your kids will have built-in playmates.
Count this as another of the advantages of having a big family. Many brothers and sisters means always having someone to play with.
As a parent, this frees you up at necessary times to get some things done. Your kids will be busy with one another. At least until someone suffers an injustice worthy of crying to you about.
5. Your Parental Approval Rating Remains High
Having many children means increasing the likelihood your approval rating among your children remains higher.
Even if you upset one or two kids at any one time, the other six you have will still think you are pretty cool.
You’re not shooting for a Parent of the Year Award, but at least now you’ll have more votes if they hold a secret ballot.
6. Free Babysitting
Once your oldest kid gets old enough to be trusted to watch the younger ones, congratulations are headed your way. Now you just gained a free babysitter!
Count this as the last one of our often-overlooked advantages of having a big family. No more paying those teenage girls from down the block. Save that dough and buy you and your spouse a nicer dinner during your night on the town!
So, can you think of some other advantages of having a big family that I did not mention?
Please share any of your thoughts below!