The Effect Of The Church And The Appearance Of Women

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Within 50 years, the number of large families in Canada dropped of about 25% (“Cinquante ans de familles au Canada: 1961 à 2011” 1). The multiple changes that occurred in the social context of our country like the fading influence of the Church and the appearance of women in the labor market, for example, contributed in decreasing significantly the size of today’s households. However, a minority of homes in Canada diverges from this general tendency and still counts a large number of children. Despite the challenges brought by raising a large family in a society adapted for smaller households, growing up in such an environment has plenty of positive effects on children. Indeed, kids who grow up in large families develop a sense community life, some fundamental values and advanced social skills.
First, being raised in a large family makes a child learn the rules of living in community. In fact, having numerous siblings forces children to develop organizational skills, because cohabiting with a large number of people demands management basics. Coordinating the meals, activities and transport trains kids to be organized and cooperative, qualities that will be useful further on in their lives when they will be part of a group. In addition, children raised in large families are generally more disciplined than the ones raised in normal-sized families. In the same way as a team, every member of a big family needs to collaborate and maintain his role for the group to be functional.
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