Did you come from a big family?

If you take a look around today, there has been a drastic change in family size compared to growing up
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If you take a look around today, there has been a drastic change in family size compared to growing up in the 1950s. For many of us we grew up during a time of big families with lots of siblings but now a family with three children is considered large! Life, logic, and the cost of living are getting in the way of large families, with most couples choosing to stop at one or two. This certainly wasn’t how it was decades ago.

Did you come from a big family? How many siblings do you have?

There has been plenty of research done over the years about the impact of this changing family dynamic on the world. Smaller family sizes and children growing up with fewer or no siblings has been blamed for everything from increased divorce rates to greater loneliness later in life. The national fertility rate falling from 3.6 at its peak in 1961 to slightly above its lows at 1.88 in 2013.

We’ve asked you before and it’s amazing to hear your thoughts since the only people who can really see the difference and tell us about it are those who have lived through an era where there was frankly, more children in nearly every family.

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Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics

  1. Lynne Highfield  

    My father died of polio when I was 18 months old – and since my mother never remarried, I remained an “only” child. This state of affairs has its pro’s and con’s like so many other things. Whilst I never felt lonely at all as a child as there were so many other children around to play with outside, I’ve found that it’s only as I’ve gotten older that I realise just how lonely life can be without siblings.

  2. lorretta murphy  

    I come from a family with seven children. My sister has 5, the rest of us vary from 0 to 3. I could only have 2. Had a hysterectomy after my second which made it impossible to have more even though we wanted more. Would have loved a bigger family. One of my daughters has 6 and loves it most of the time. The other only has 2

  3. lorretta murphy  

    I come from a family with seven children. My sister has 5, the rest of us vary from 0 to 3. I could only have 2. Had a hysterectomy after my second which made it impossible to have more even though we wanted more. Would have loved a bigger family. One of my daughters has 6 and loves it most of the time. The other only has 2

  4. Yvonne  

    I’m the middle child of 7. We were all separated for a while as children but I am still very close to my 2 living sisters. They both live some distance away but we keep in touch. One brother had 7 kids but the rest had between 2-4

  5. Jennifer Jois  

    Yes I come from a large family. There are thirteen children in my family and I have six older siblings and six younger siblings. We had so much fun growing up and it wasn’t unusual for us to have extra children stay for dinner or come on excursions with us. We are all still very close and although my Dad died in 1967, my Mum will turn 90 this year❤️💕❤️💕

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