My GF in HS had 11 siblings, 12 kids in all, most still all home. I asked her once if she remembered all their b-days. She laughed hysterically at that. No way! She said she could usually remember the month when it came up but never the day. BTW, her dad left the mom for a younger woman....left her with 12 kids and moved to another state! Cant even imagine!
In all the really large families Swampy knows, the kids take care of each other, so having extra children doesn't really take up much of the parent's time. On the other hand, it also means your life is shaped by contact with your brothers and sisters.
A lot of families do that: if there are older children in the house that can help with the smaller ones while mom prepares dinner or something like that, then they may be asked to help. I think it's helpful to the parent and also teaches responsibility. Of course, it depends on what kind of help is required of them, but I would think it's all normal stuff like feeding, brushing teeth, putting to bed. When I my brother was born and I was 11 years old, I helped my mother with him while she was busy. It was fine, but not all of the responsibility falls on the siblings. It can't possibly.
from what Ive seen on tv which of course is edited they seem to be very organised and well mannered kids,,,,more power to them,,,I couldnt even imagine,,,knew some families with 12 kids when I was a kid and their children where wild.
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