|This isn't a great picture, but I love how the big boys are helping Owen.|
My friend Renee was recently quoted in an article about whether or not having a large family is irresponsible. Renee asked her blog readers to weigh in and, as usual, what I have to say can't really be fit into a small comment .Basically I agree with Renee, it's not the size of your family that matters as much as how you raise them.
There is a deep seated belief in the United States that no one could possibly CHOOSE to have a lot of kids. If you have more than two or maybe three, it can only be because you are too stupid or irresponsible to understand how birth control works. It seems to be incomprehensible to many people that some of us actually make a conscious decision to have large families. I feel that many of the things I want my children to grow up learning are easier with more children. I want my children to have compassion for other people. I want them to understand that their own wants don't always come first. I want them to learn how to cooperate with others. I'm not saying that you can't teach kids those things without them having lots of siblings, but I think it is easier. My kids don't have a choice about sharing, they've never had their own rooms. They have to wait their turn, I can't possibly cater to each of them the instant they want even if I wanted to. They pretty much always have to think about other peoples needs, it's just in their face all the time.
|You wouldn't believe how many people are shocked at how great Connor is with his baby sister.|