What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages of a Small and Big Family?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Apr 6, 2020 12:17:51 PM ET
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One of the biggest advantages of having a small family is that each child receives more attention from his parents. Also, the financial costs of having a small family are less. There are both advantages and disadvantages to every family size. An advantage of having a bigger family is that children have someone to play with at home.

With a small family, there tends to more educational and sports opportunities, as it is easier and cheaper to have only one or two children in activities. There is also less of a chance for conflicts and rivalries. A disadvantage of having a small family is that parents are sometimes overprotective and overly attentive, not really letting their child explore or play at times. It also tends to cause problems if the child becomes reluctant to be without his parents.

An advantage of having a larger family is that older children learn more responsibility earlier in life because they are needed to help take care of smaller siblings. There is always someone for the children to speak to, and they learn the difference between wants and needs because parents are unable to stop everything to give every child what he wants. There is simply not enough money to get everything for each child, which is actually seen as a disadvantage as well. Not enough room, little quiet and children not always feeling like they get enough one-on-one time with their parents are other disadvantages of a large family.