Desires For Large Families Still Exist Regardless of Statistics
A common stereotype is that Latinos have big families. There are times when people are appalled to hear that your mother and/or father was one of 12. Cousins ran rampant around family parties and the need for friends didn’t exist. Take your pick on what to blame it on: Tradition, culture, lack of birth control, religion–they all make sense.
The benefits of having a large family are vast and involved, regardless of all the potential drama you may have experienced growing up, like when you told your mother something and 10 minutes later your tía is calling you to talk about it because your mother is worried. When you confront your mom about telling the world your issues, she says, “She’s my sister! She’s family! Who else am I supposed to talk to?”
Yes, the culture and relationships that emerge within a big family are beautiful things. According to research done in 2011, those parents with four or more children tend to be more fulfilled and happier than those with fewer children. Look at it this way: would you rather live in a town of 100 people or three?
In addition, the pride of passing along the family name from a father’s perspective is important and necessary. If there is no male heir, their legacy ceases to live on for the coming generations. Sometimes, the explanations are that simple.
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