Excerpted from The Learning Community.

The size of the typical American family has gone down significantly in the last two centuries.  In 1800, the average number of children was 7, in 1900 it was 3.5.  With the widespread use of contraception, today the average number of children per family is about 2.  However, despite averages, family sizes vary widely and some couples have a large family.

Reasons for Large Families Vary Widely

Some couples have a large number of children because their religion encourages it or forbids the use of birth control.  But for many, the decision to have a large family is simply preference—one or both grew up in a big family, or they had no siblings and dream of a large house bouncing with happy kids.  Continue reading

Español/Spanish: Consejos para padres: Las familias numerosas