Big Families Bring Big Rewards

One (non-celebrity) mother writes of the joys of her hefty brood
By Kristina Loew,  Newser User
Posted Oct 21, 2008 6:35 PM CDT
In this May 20, 2008, file photo, Angelina Jolie poses at a photo call for the film "Changeling" at the 61st International film festival in Cannes.    (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)

(Newser) – With Angelina Jolie and Sarah Palin in the parenting spotlight, could big families be back in vogue again? Meagan Francis wonders just that in the Christian Science Monitor, but the mother of 4—soon to be 5—doesn't particularly care about being hip. Instead she writes about the rewards that a big brood can bring for both kids and parents. Yes, the material comforts are fewer, but please hold off on the "better you than me" comments.

She hears sentiments like that often enough, a sign that we've become "a culture in which kids are seen as more burden than blessing." But "there are many of us who simply like children, enjoy having a lot of them around, and even do a good job at raising them in bulk,” says Francis. In our consumer-driven world it might be time “our culture shifted its priority away from things and back toward people.”